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Why Mr. Smith can't make it to Washington—in one chart

The Fix's Aaron Blake says the prohibitive cost of running a campaign prevents many from being able to vie for open seats.

How the establishment press got Rand Paul wrong

Conor Friedersdorf of The Atlantic thinks the mainstream press isn't giving Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), and libertarians in general, enough credit.

How gun control ends: not with a bang, but a whimper

Time's Massimo Calabresi examines the likelihood of current gun bills under consideration actually becoming law.

South Carolina to have first openly gay Republican senator?

RedState's Ben Howe looks into potential Republican challengers to Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.).



OTHER NEWS SOURCES:

Scott Brown joins law and lobby firm

The former senator announced he is joining lobbying firm Nixon Peabody, The Hill's Kevin Bogardus reports.

Carney: 'Absurd' to employ OFA selling access to Obama

The Hill's Justin Sink reports that the president's press secretary fought back against allegations from Republicans that he was selling access through his new nonprofit.