Lauren Fox at Talking Points Memo reports on a decision that epitomizes congressional Republicans during the past seven years.
And Russell Berman The Atlantic writes how Illinois Republicans illustrate the problem.
"It is said an Eastern monarch once charged his wise men to invent him a sentence, to be ever in view, and which should be true and appropriate in all times and situations. They presented him the words: 'And this, too, shall pass away.' How much it expresses! How chastening in the hour of pride!—how consoling in the depths of affliction! 'And this, too, shall pass away.'" --Abraham Lincoln, 1859