Wiretap: Holding the same ‘conservative views’ as David Duke

GOP leaders are looking for a way to ensure that a 2002 speech by Rep. Steve Scalise — the No. 3 ranked House Republican– before a white-supremacist group doesn’t haunt them in 2016. Via the New York Times. Meanwhile, Roll Call resurfaces an interview it had with Scalise in 1999 as a state legislator when he says he had many of the same “conservative” views as David Duke, but that Duke “can’t get elected.”

Amy Davidson on New York City cops and the mayor: It’s time for all involved to stop turning their backs. Via the New Yorker.

It has taken a while — in fact, it’s the longest stretch in more than 30 years — but Barack Obama is no longer under water. Gallup has his approval ratings even at 48-48. Via the Washington Post.

Why are Obama’s numbers getting better? Via the Wall Street Journal.

Now that Republicans control Congress, look for “dynamic scoring” and other such magic tricks to surface. Via the Huffington Post.

Let states make their own health-care mistakes. Via Bloomberg View.

The surprising financial consequences of saying “black” versus saying “African-American.” Via the Atlantic.

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