August 6, 2015

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The Storms Brewing For The GOP Congress When It Returns

The Gist: When lawmakers return from their long August break, they’ll be under an intense time crunch to resolve battles over everything from Planned Parenthood funding to a possible government shutdown.

Texas AG Faces Contempt Hearing Over Failure To Recognize Gay Marriage

The Gist: Attorney General Ken Paxton will have to appear in court over his refusal to recognize gay marriages in Texas following the June Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex unions nationwide.

Docs Show Walker Was Investigated For Misconduct Despite His Denial

The Gist: Court documents prove that Scott Walker was targeted in a 2011 federal investigation of a real estate deal initiated while he was Milwaukee County Executive.

From The Reporter's Notebook

In addition to the major deadlines Congress will face when it returns from its August break, as outlined by TPM reporter Tierney Sneed, authorization for the Federal Aviation Administration will expire September 30.

Agree or Disagree?

Josh Marshall finds it ironic that most American Jews seem to support the Iran nuclear deal, despite the efforts of pro-Israel groups to dissuade them and the fact that the majority of Americans oppose it.

Say What?!

"Jeb and Columba love whipping up guacamole on Sunday Funday. Now, you can get in on the act with this 'Guaca Bowle.' Jeb’s secret guacamole recipe not included…yet."

- Jeb Bush's campaign store is selling a $75 guacamole bowl.

BUZZING: Today in the Hive

From a TPM Prime member: "You might be familiar with the phenomenon of "Roundup resistance," when noxious weeds -- particularly pigweed, or Palmer Amaranth -- develop resistance to the herbicide that has been a key to increased food production. Now the next line of defense has fallen as pigweed has appeared in the Mississippi River valley with resistance to another class of herbicides, PPO inhibitors. If novel herbicides aren't able to curb amaranth growth, vast amounts of farmland will cease to be arable for industrial-level crop production."

Related: Last year the USDA opened the door to corn and soybean strains that are genetically modified to resist weed killers.

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What We're Reading

Iraq is rushing to digitize its digital library under the threat of ISIS. (Business Insider)

Grown-ups have been taking classes in order to help their kids with their Common Core math homework. (The Atlantic)

Should female athletes have to prove they are women? (The Chicago Tribune)