Opening Act: Weiner’s Winners

Former Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) announces his resignation on June 16, 2011 in New York City.

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Michael Barbaro writes a fascinating profile of Anthony Weiner’s post-scandal business income. It took less than a month from his resignation—you know, that period when he was being “rehabbed” for some reason—for him to set up a consulting firm.

Mr. Weiner has advised Covington & Burling as it seeks to persuade the Federal Communications Commission to relax its long-standing objections to major foreign investment in the broadcast industry. He has tutored the firm on the key players and their political sensitivities, using knowledge gleaned from his tenure on the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

The punchline: Weiner hopes that his quick recovery as a rent-seeker can be sold to voters as “business experience.” Is he a lobbyist now? He cannot say with certitude.

My colleague John Dickerson proves that quick sequestration fixes are the absolute worst way to handle our spending angsts.

Washington’s talkative pro-immigration reform conservatives tell McKay Coppins that they fear a bigot eruption.

Megan McArdle asks why it would be so bad for the Kochs to own a newspaper chain.

And Alex Burns* profiles Rep. Tom Cotton as the One True Hawk.

*This post originally said Jake Sherman wrote the profile.