Opening Act: The Fetus With the Hand Between Its Legs

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June 18 2013 8:31 AM

Opening Act: The Fetus With the Hand Between Its Legs

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Rep. Michael Burgess (R-TX) in 2009.

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Anti-gun rallies under the "Occupy the NRA" banner don't seem to be going anywhere.

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David Weigel, a former Slate politics reporter, is a reporter for Bloomberg Politics

The protest drew three members of Organizing for Action, a nonprofit group that supports President Barack Obama's agenda, to the National Orange Show Events Center. "It's three people today, but it will be 23 next time, and we'll see the time after that," Lewis said.

Rep. Michael Burgess gives us a pro-life argument for the ages.

“Watch a sonogram of a 15-week baby, and they have movements that are purposeful,” said Burgess, a former OB/GYN. “They stroke their face. If they’re a male baby, they may have their hand between their legs. If they feel pleasure, why is it so hard to believe that they could feel pain?”
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The Massachusetts special election wheezes into its final week with a consistent derisive message from Ed Markey: His opponent keeps "complaining."*

Immigration restrictionists are pitching a fit about an anonymous Marco Rubio aide's Kinsley gaffe -- his/her assertion that "there are American workers who, for lack of a better term, can’t cut it. There shouldn’t be a presumption that every American worker is a star performer." It's in print, it's anonymous -- has it actually traveled as a story outside conservative media?

And Rick Santorum is starting a 2016 campaign even earlier than he started the 2012 campaign. Who's in the market for such a candidate this time? Is he counting on the entire next generation of GOP stars to implode the way Herman Cain and Newt Gingrich did? That's mighty optimistic.

Correction, June 18, 2013: This post originally misquoted Politico's story about the Massachusetts Senate race.

David Weigel, a former Slate politics reporter, is a reporter for Bloomberg Politics

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