First day in a while without a congressional hearing. It feels so … cold.
Jonathan Chait breaks bread with Josh Barro.
I recently sent Barro his 2010 article praising Ryan’s plan. After rereading it, he ticked off its flaws: He had filled in every ambiguity by assuming the best faith on Ryan’s part, while ignoring Ryan’s punishing cuts to Medicaid. The budgetary weaknesses he had identified, he had framed as problems that “need to be fixed,” whereas he now recognizes that Ryan is unwilling to do what’s needed to fix them (primarily, raise taxes).
Rep. Tom Cotton (R-AR), the Muad’Dib of the neoconservatives, introduces legislation to make it legal to prosecute family members of those who violate sanctions against Iran. Zach Carter brings the obviousness:
Article III of the Constitution explicitly bans Congress from punishing treason based on “corruption of blood” – meaning that relatives of those convicted of treason cannot be punished based only on a familial tie.
Pam Martens has a nice scoop here, but it reads better as “a Tea Party” than simply “Tea Party.”
Legalization-before-enforcement immigration reform polls just horribly.
Adam Kokesh previews his Open Carry March, before he’s taken into custody.
If there is a line drawn then we will march up to that line and we will request permission to pass. If denied, then we’ll take our grounds for a lawsuit with us and turn around peacefully.
And Jim Geraghty combs the public record on gun-running from Libya to Syria.