Opening Act: Partly Due to Genetics

Immigration reform supporters say a prayer prior to the start of the reform bill’s markup before the Senate Judiciary Committee on May 9, 2013 in Washington, DC.

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Marc Ambinder has had it up to here with your Benghazi conspiracies, you.

Really, to suggest that the Pentagon or the White House would deliberately — and yes, this is EXACTLY what Republicans are suggesting — prevent special operations forces from rescuing American diplomats BECAUSE they worried about the potential political blowback because they KNEW exactly who was behind it (al Qaeda) is — well, it is to suggest that Barack Obama is simply and utterly evil.

Jonathan Martin reports from the Palmetto State on the waning threat against Lindsey Graham. In general Graham’s at his best when he’s twinning a battle with the Obama administration—Benghazi, for the moment—and a goal that alienates conservatives, like immigration.

Jeet Heer thinks hard on Niall Ferguson’s gay joke about Keynes.

Kay Steiger looks at Live Action’s narrative gamesmanship.

Ron Capshaw dives deep on Stephen King’s gun control views, from fiction to non.

Dylan Matthews finds that the co-author of Heritage’s immigration study, Jason Richwine, wrote his dissertation on innate IQ differences:

While it’s clear he thinks it is partly due to genetics — “the totality of the evidence suggests a genetic component to group differences in IQ” — he argues the most important thing is that the differences in group IQs are persistent, for whatever reason. He writes, “No one knows whether Hispanics will ever reach IQ parity with whites, but the prediction that new Hispanic immigrants will have low-IQ children and grandchildren is difficult to argue against.”