Opening Act: The Cheneying

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July 17 2013 8:50 AM

Opening Act: The Cheneying

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"Well of course they're going to call you a carpetbagger, sweetie!"

Photo by Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images

Liz Cheney runs for U.S. Senate, even though the current incumbent senator, Mike Enzi, is a 69-year-old conservative who's running for re-election. This is leading to some stellar shade-throwing.

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David Weigel is a Slate political reporter. 

“Nobody in Wyoming likes a long campaign, and anybody from Wyoming would know that,” Enzi said as he stood beside fellow Wyoming Republican Sen. John Barrasso.

Maybe I'm being superficial, but I found Cheney's announcement video so dry and droning that I could hardly finish it.

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Darren Samuelsohn and Anna Palmer explain how the military advocated against Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand's sexual assault legislation:

The Pentagon’s lobbying machine went further than usual on a legislative fight, ratcheting up in-person meetings with key senators and even sending lawyers to negotiate, an unusual step longtime Hill aides said. Pentagon lawyers even combed through dozens of alternatives offered by the committee staff, picking and choosing among ideas to include in the bill and nixing the ones viewed as cracking down too hard.

And Bill Kristol calls supporters of the compromise bill "the anti-military caucus."

Betsy Woodruff finds "a radio host who teaches seminars on the Constitution" and thinks that Florida can pass legislation to recall senators.

Alec MacGillis wants a post-Zimmerman verdict conversation about guns; sounds difficult without a bill to talk about.

David Weigel is a Slate political reporter.