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Sundown: Paul the Son Tries to Block Egypt Aid

Plus Mormon baptisms of dead Jews, and more

Marc Tracy
February 15, 2012
Sen. Rand Paul last year.(Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images)
Sen. Rand Paul last year.(Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images)

• Sen. Rand Paul, Republican of Kentucky (and son of presidential candidate Rep. Ron), is filibustering a judicial nominee and has pledged to do the same for a transportation bill, in the hopes of passing his own bill, which would cut off all U.S. financial assistance to Egypt. [LAT]

• The Mormon Church formally apologized for posthumously baptizing the Nazi-murdered parents of the Nazi-hunter Simon Wiesenthal. This is likely to be the last we hear of the Church’s practice of posthumous baptizing of Jews, since there are currently no prominent Mormon public figures. [Reuters/NYT]

• Read Amir Mizroch’s imagining of an Israeli newscast the day after Israel strikes Iran. Then go hide under the bed. [Forecast Highs]

• Anti-Semitism scandal at Man. U. Go Spurs! #soccer [Deadspin]

• Israeli tennis player Shahar Peer advanced to the third round of the annual Qatar tournament she was once banned from. [Times of India]

• Jesse Eisenberg has a lot to thank Jeremy Lin for. [McSweeney’s]

I have Jeremy Lin to thank for this last night.

Marc Tracy is a staff writer at The New Republic, and was previously a staff writer at Tablet. He tweets @marcatracy.