Happy Birthday to Francis Ford Coppola, 75. I needed to get things done last night, but I flipped around the TV, and it turned out my TV was giving me "The Godfather" ... opposite "Bonnie and Clyde," opposite "Chinatown." That's just not fair (yes, I realize it's 2014, not 1994, and it's not as if I can't watch movies whenever I want, but there's still something to me at least about a movie that's on TV right now. Fine, I'm an old guy). I managed to only watch something like half an hour of "The Godfather" then get back to it, which is something like a triumph. I suppose. (And no, obviously, it wasn't the bowdlerized version that AMC shows; who is watching that, anyway?)
You all have watched those three, haven't you? If not, do something about that very soon. For now, the good stuff:
1. Noam Scheiber's ode to panic is very good ... but he's wrong to draw the line at politicians. Politicians certainly shouldn't make foolish policy choices when something goes wrong, but same-party criticisms of the administration from other politicians can be extremely helpful because they're much harder for the president to ignore than criticisms from pundits.
2. Are the Barack Obama administration's delays and other alterations in Affordable Care Act implementation kosher, or tyranny? Tim Jost and Simon Lazarus says they're just normal procedure.
3. For the other view: Nicholas Bagley thinks some of the decisions are close calls at best.
4. Vox is here! Or at least it's more here than it was. See, for example, Sarah Kliff on Republican plans for Medicaid.
5. Over at the Monkey Cage, Kim Yi Dionne updates on what's happening in Mali.
6. And an interesting point from FiveThirtyEight's Harry Enten: There haven't been many good polls so far for Senate 2014. My conclusion from that: Everyone should increase their working error bars for these races just a bit more.
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