Happy Birthday to Salome Jens, 79. I didn't know she was a recurring character on "Melrose Place" at the same time she was doing "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine." I don't watch enough television, I guess.

Meanwhile, there's good stuff:

1. Nice post from Paul Waldman at Plum Line on ideology, Tea Party candidates and the Republican Party.

2. Interesting that "inequality" is now a Fox News subject … and CNN really is an embarrassment. Nate Silver with the numbers.

3. Colby Itkowitz reports on Republican nomination obstruction, which continues at way beyond record levels.

4. Excellent write-up of minimal changes in the Upshot's Senate projection estimates, from Josh Katz and Amanda Cox. A model of how to talk about incremental changes in these sorts of systems.

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Jonathan Bernstein at jbernstein62@bloomberg.net

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Max Berley at mberley@bloomberg.net