WILLIAMSBURG, Va. -- I'm spending the end of the week at the House Republicans' annual retreat. The dateline may end up being showy -- much of the day will be spent in a media bubble, a short ways away from the meetings.
Alec MacGillis asks whether the Emergency Committee for Israel is blowing it, in the wake of full-page newspaper ads that haven't much slowed down Hagelmentum.
Most notably, it spent a whopping $823,000 attacking Wisconsin Senate candidate Tammy Baldwin, in ads that called her “extreme” and said she had “called terrorists who attacked Israel innocent victims.” She won. It spent $58,000 attacking John Tierney, a Democratic congressman from Massachusetts. He won, despite allegations of family corruption and a strong GOP challenger. It spent $61,000 attacking California Democratic congresswoman Lois Capps. She won.
One argument (whether or not you buy it) is that ideologically right-wing pro-Israel groups weaken overall support for Israel by alientating Democrats. Barney Frank, a gay, Jewish, left-handed Democrat who should have been the last on the Hagel train, ended up endorsing him explicitly because he didn't want the neocons to win.
We have a second freshman Republican talking about impeaching the president because freedom.
Real talk from Garrett Epps about Richard Posner.
And Peter Baker publishes an oral history of the first Obama term.
TODAY IN SLATE
More Than Scottish Pride
Scotland’s referendum isn’t about nationalism. It’s about a system that failed, and a new generation looking to take a chance on itself.
Yes, Black Families Tend to Spank More. That Doesn’t Mean It’s Good for Black Kids.
Why Greenland’s “Dark Snow” Should Worry You
If You’re Outraged by the NFL, Follow This Satirical Blowhard on Twitter
The Best Way to Organize Your Fridge
The GOP’s Focus on Fake Problems
Why candidates like Scott Walker are building campaigns on drug tests for the poor and voter ID laws.
Giving Up on Goodell
How the NFL lost the trust of its most loyal reporters.