Happy Birthday to Bonnie Wright, 23.
No end to the good stuff:
1. David Brady should have said something about the bicameral Congress and separated institutions sharing powers, but even so his post on comparative levels of legislative polarization (and how the United States Congress isn't that polarized by world standards) is very much worth reading.
2. There was a big flap over the weekend in which New York Times op-ed columnist Nicholas Kristoff claimed that academics, and political scientists in particular, are not sufficiently engaged with the public. Many, many, smart (and a few snarky) responses ensued (generally in extremely public blogs, many of them in very public major media web sites. But I digress. The snark comes easily on this one). At any rate: I may join in the fun later, but I'll just link now to the response I liked the most, from Erica Chenoweth.
3. Theda Skocpol on job lock and the ACA.
4. Rich Yeselson looks hard at the union organizing defeat last week in Tennessee. He's (very much) pro-union, but people on either side of the issue will find it a helpful piece.
5. Danny Vinik looks back at the 2009 stimulus bill.
6. Why are Democrats planning on pushing a discharge petition in the House on immigration, even though the chances of getting Republicans to sign the petition (and therefore make a floor vote automatic) are essentially zero? Greg Sargent explains.
7. And Michael Cohen joins those who are pushing Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Stephen Breyer to resign.
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