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Kay Steiger

Kay Steiger is an associate editor at Talking Points Memo. She formerly worked at Raw Story, Washingtonian magazine, the Center for American Progress and The American Prospect. Her work has appeared in The Atlantic, the Guardian, Jezebel, AlterNet and others. She graduated from the University of Minnesota. Contact her at kay@talkingpointsmemo.com.

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Well, House Republicans did it, they passed a symbolic bill to say they've dealt with the migrant crisis and threw in a little rebuke to Dreamer kids while they were at it. Now they can go home and confidently say they did something. Even if it was actually nothing.

Before House Republicans jet for August Recess, they want to get that vote on the child migrant crisis. As Sahil Kapur explains here, the vote is pretty much a show since Obama has promised to veto a weaker version of the bill and the Democratic-controlled Senate won't touch it. But Republicans, who have estimated votes to start at 8:00 or 8:30 p.m. and finish around 11:00 p.m. ET, are showing the world that they're working hard on this problem. The question is if enough people who believe it are watching.

The fact that Mississippi Republicans who supported state Sen. Chris McDaniel (R) still won't concede the June 24 runoff for the U.S. Senate nomination to incumbent Sen. Thad Cochran is only getting more hilarious.

Now they're uninviting former Mississippi Tea Party board member Bill Marcy (pictured below) from the organization's annual meeting tomorrow in Vicksburg, Mississippi, apparently because of his critical Facebook posts about McDaniel.

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The campaign for Sen. Mark Pryor (D-AR), facing a tough reelection battle against a veteran, is touting his work on a high-profile case in which casualty benefits were denied to the family of a Bronze Star Recipient.

Capt. Samson Luke, who died during a weekend of duty with the Arkansas National Guard in 2010 is the subject of 30-second spot for a six-figure statewide ad buy announced on Tuesday. The ad features Luke's widow, Miranda (pictured), who said in the ad that the senator was the only one to respond after the Army denied benefits and "took our cause on personally."

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The very smart Theda Skocpol takes the stage for the next segment on the Scholars Strategy Network's ongoing series this week on the future of the Republican Party. Her take? Don't fool yourselves, tea partiers are still in control of the Republican agenda.

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