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Ouch. An email designed to tout Rep. Bruce Braley's (D-IA) farming background after getting caught dissing "farmer" Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) managed to misspell "baling" and "detasseling" -- terms that Iowa farmers should be familiar with.
For what it's worth, you can see my farmer cred in this photo.
While everyone was talking about the Hobby Lobby arguments before the Supreme Court, a lawsuit that could be the undoing of Obamacare was argued before the DC Circuit Court the same day. Sahil Kapur tells you how it could be the law's undoing.
North Carolina Republican Senate candidate Thom Tillis -- who notably shepherded through the state's infamous "motorcycle abortion" bill last year -- asked Dr. Mary Susan Fulghum to join his "Women For Tillis" group. But he left out the part of her biography that mentions she's a co-founder of a Planned Parenthood affiliate.
Obama's judicial nominees tend to come from very similar professional backgrounds, Alliance for Justice's Nan Aron writes. Fewer than 4 percent have worked as lawyers at a public interest organization.
With Hobby Lobby's arguments against the birth control mandate before the Supreme Court today, it seems like as good of a day as any to re-read Ed Kilgore's great take on how the religious liberty campaign is backfiring.
Democratic candidate Bruce Braley, who has been favored to win the seat vacated by Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA), was caught on video at a fundraiser warning that Chuck Grassley, "a farmer from Iowa who never went to law school" could be Senate Judiciary chair. Is this his undoing? Or just a blip in the road?
Update 4:32 p.m.: Braley's already apologized for the remark.