Senate passage of Trade Promotion Authority just before the Memorial Day weekend is an example of the legal saying that, while two wrongs don’t make a right, they do make a precedent.

The dogged insistence of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on renewing the expiring portions of the PATRIOT Act intact has created a logjam in the Senate that will likely lead to those provisions expiring at midnight on May 31.

President Barack Obama’s trade agenda took another step forward in the Republican-controlled Senate today (May 21), thanks to wheeling and dealing by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky) and his lieutenants, who engaged in a flurry of deal-making activity on the Senate floor.

Amtrak is still in trouble, but “fast track” is back on the rails.

House Republicans approved a late-term abortion ban on Wednesday after a controversial rape provision was removed from the bill’s language. Female Republican lawmakers had threatened to rebel against the bill if the provision remained in the bill.