Happy Birthday to Mercedes McNabb, 34.

Getting ready for the weekend with the good stuff:

1. Via Kevin Drum, a history lesson about Ronald Reagan from Dan Drezner. He points out that Reagan’s pragmatism worked out pretty well when it came to the Soviets and other foreign policy threats, so emulating him is often a pretty decent idea.

2. All about deductibles and the Affordable Care Act, from Galen Benshoof.

3. More on money and access from David Broockman and Joshua Kalla.

4. Andrew Sullivan is losing patience with Barack Obama on torture.

5. Sean Trende wraps the Florida House special election.

6. And the importance of religion in the Ukraine confrontation, from Mara Kozelsky.

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