Julian Assange for Senate? (In Australia)

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April 23 2013 8:29 AM

Opening Act: Terminal Preppie

Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY) poses in his Harlem office on December 10, 2012 in New York City.

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Welcome back, sequestration panic! We thought we'd lost you back there, amid the tumult of "Accidental Racist" and Taylor Swift and Mark Sanford's comeback election! Jonathan Cohn brings us up to speed with a look at how, finally, sequestration will affect airports.

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During an interview on Monday, Steve Bell, who runs the economic policy shop for the Bipartisan Policy Center, said he wasn’t sure when—or even if—the pain of sequester cuts would be enough to bring Republicans to the bargaining table. But he offered one reason why the cuts might start to get a lot more attention in Washington. “One of our senior vice presidents just emailed me,” Bell explained. “She was flying off the California and her plane was 45 minutes late taking off from Reagan National. The pilot got on the intercom and said ‘welcome to the sequester.’ ”

An outcome few expected: The Muslim Brotherhood is so bad at governance that Egyptians want the military back. (Or at least that's what they want us to believe.)

Charles Rangel sues to get his censure undone.

David Cay Johnston offers a skewed-sounding headline—"How the NRA impeded the Boston bomber investigation"—then backs it up with reporting.

Michael Bloomberg has had it up to here with the Constitution, which isn't exactly surprising.

Gary Brecher has all the Boston speculation you need.

Walter Russell Mead makes short work of that derpy Maureen Dowd column that (as usual) inspired a wave of Washington chin-wagging over the weekend.

Nina Bernstein ventures inside the unknown world of cushy senior centers.

And a WikiLeaks political party polls well in Australia—possibly well enough to give us Senator Julian Assange.

Correction, April 23, 2013: This post originally misspelled Nina Bernstein's last name.

David Weigel is a reporter for Bloomberg Politics


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