Stories you shouldn’t miss:
1. While you were sleeping, Congress totally got its shit together and worked out a debt-ceiling deal. Just kidding! And now the state of California is taking out short-term loans to cover its expenses in case the federal government fails to reach a deal by the August 2 deadline and money stops flowing to the states.
2. Governor Jerry Brown appointed UC Berkeley prof Goodwin Liu to the California Supreme Court yesterday; his nomination is expected to be confirmed by a three-member panel soon. A couple months ago, Obama nominated Liu to a federal appeals court, but his nomination was blocked by a Republican fillibuster — so you know he’s a good guy. In fact, Liu — who teaches constitutional law and education policy, and who has previously worked at the US Department of Education — is expected to be one of the court’s most liberal judges (as well as its fourth Asian-American). Go Bears!