Israeli missile kills eight Palestinians at a Gaza cafe as they were preparing to watch the World Cup. An Israeli colonel later said the missile aimed at a single terrorist, which is like trying to kill an ant with a sledgehammer. I'm not sure which is worse -- that they might be telling the truth, or that they don't care if everyone knows it's a lie.
Rep. Sam Graves (R-MO) introduces a bill called the Stop the EPA Act, which would require both Houses of Congress to approve each and every rule the EPA makes. Again: Congress has already empowered the EPA to make rules, so this bill is like demanding 10th, 11th, and 12th innings because you're three runs down at the end of the 9th. Can't some Democrat beat Mr. Graves in 2014 by calling him "pro-pollution" in ads? It's not like Missouri's 6th is that red.
Ho hum, Duke University study finds that Congressional candidates tend to be moderates. The study essentially finds that Republicans as far right as Paul Ryan run for Congress nearly ten times as often as moderate Republicans, while Democrats as far left as Nancy Pelosi run five times as often as moderate Democrats. But Nancy Pelosi is a corporate Democrat, and thus hardly a foil for Mr. Ryan -- in fact, if the study used, say, Alan Grayson as the Ryan foil, we might not find such a disparity for Democrats. We might even suspect that Republicans run so far right to pull Democrats further right, thus locating the "center" where the right used to be.
Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-NC), addressing a panel on women's issues, says that "men do tend to talk about things at a higher level" and should "bring it down to a woman's level." I'm willing to grant that Ms. Ellmers actually meant something different, but she didn't say something different -- and claiming it's "both offensive and sexist to take my words and redefine them to imply that women need to be addressed at a lower level" exhausts my patience. I do not live in a world where "bring it down" means "bring it down to a higher level."
Finally, Joe Conason writes an op-ed entitled "Borderline Behavior: GOP Demands Action, Blocks Solutions, and Always Complains." That's not merely a succinct summary of the Republican m.o., it's a terrific pun on "borderline"! But hang around for Sen. Ron Johnson (E-WI) telling the world that he's sure it doesn't cost $3.7 billion to deal with undocumented children at the border because he's been on Orbitz and you can fly a kid back to central America for $200! Ron Johnson: he gives the "Citizen Legislator" a bad name.