Under the current U.S. Supreme Court, there has been incredible progress for gay rights — and, at the same time, setbacks for women’s rights in equal pay, medical leave, abortion, contraception. How is that possible? In a series of 5-4 votes, it basically comes down to one man. Via the New York Times.
If the United States helps arm the Kurds to fight off ISIS, the Kurds could use the weapons to fight for their independence, which would mean the splitting up of Iraq. The question Dexter Filkins asks in the New Yorker is whether the Obama administration has any other choice.
Ana Marie Cox writes in the Guardian that Obama’s mocking of Republicans totally works – if your plan is to get Republicans to vote.
Skewed? Nate Silver says Republicans remain slight favorites to win the Senate — and that they don’t need a wave to get to 51.
And now for the good news …. Howard Fineman writes in the Huffington Post that Alison Grimes is as tough and as nasty as Mitch McConnell.
All 274 gifts given Barack Obama between 2009 and 2012 — ranked. Via the Washington Post.