Congress has too many summer plans
The Fix’s Ed O’Keefe thinks Congress should be vacationing less and voting on more pressing issues than scandal when it is in session.

Bachmann’s later years
The American Conservative’s W. James Antle III thinks Bachmann has a political future, but that it may not be conservatively oriented.

Higher standards in China
The Chinese acquisition of Smithfield may help US pork standards, Mother Jones’ Tom Philpott reports.

Governor’s task difficult, made even more so by New Jersey State Law grey areas
The Washington Times’ Dave Boyer reports on Governor Chris Christie’s difficult duty of appointing a replacement for the late Sen. Frank Lautenberg.


Police now able to take DNA without warrant
In a close 5-4 decision, The Hill’s Sam Baker reports that the Supreme Court will now be able to take DNA samples at the time of an arrest.

White House concerned for civilian protesters in Turkey
The Hill’s Justin Sink reports the White House’s concern violence against protesters in Turkey.