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Opening Act: So an NSA Director Walks Into a Hacker Conference …

On June 27, NSA chief Keith Alexander spoke at the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association’s International Cyber Symposium, where you can trust he was not heckled.

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Senators and leakers keep shaming the NSA; the government keeps declassifying parts of documents. It’s a start.

The story of these 24 hours, which I’ll get back to soon, is the funny-sad failure of the House (and Senate) to inch ahead on actual spending bills. Ed O’Keefe explains it well here, Brian Beutler has a doomier take.

Related: NSA Director Keith Alexander showed up at a hacker conference in Las Vegas (which really seems like a Stephen Glass story, but isn’t) and got heckled.

Alexander was about a half hour into his talk when a 30-year-old security consultant named Jon McCoy shouted “Freedom!”

“Exactly,” responded Alexander. “We stand for freedom.”

“Bullshit!” McCoy shouted.

“Not bad,” Alexander said, as applause broke out in the crowd. “But I think what you’re saying is that in these cases, what’s the distinction, where’s the discussion and what tools do we have to stop this.”

“No, I’m saying I don’t trust you!” shouted McCoy.

“You lied to Congress. Why would people believe you’re not lying to us right now?” another voice in the crowd added.

Reid Wilson talks to some Capitol Hill exiles about how the new guys don’t know how to negotiate.

Irin Carmon neatly demolishes some recent faux-feminist punditry.

Mitch McConnell trails by 1 point.

And the one North Carolina clinic that was supposed to endure the new abortion restrictions has been raided and closed.