Opening Act: 17 Points

Then-Sen. Barack Obama greets supporters at Tulane University on Feb. 7, 2008, in New Orleans.

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CNN finds voters under 30 cooling on the president quickly—since the emergence of the NSA story, a 17-point drop in approval numbers from them.

The Boston Globe polls the Markey-Gomez Senate race and finds an 11-point lead for the Democrat. Skeptics will point out that the Globe provided the last poll of the 2010 race in which Martha Coakley maintained a real lead. Skeptics forget that the 2010 poll was conducted two weeks before that election. We’re only eight days out from this one.

The Post wonks ask whether the GOP’s anti-Obamacare campaign clashes with its minority outreach. Spoiler: It does.

Amanda Marcotte tracks this year’s success of anti-abortion laws in Republican-run states.

Josh Rogin asks the Free Syrian Army what they’ve actually gotten from the U.S. since Friday’s announcement of … whatever that was.

And Rand Paul gets the Julia Ioffe treatment.