I'll start with a request. I'm writing up a post (I guess it'll be for Monday) about the various rules and controversies about recess appointments. If you're an academic or practicing expert and think I should include what you know about it, please get in touch. Especially if you know things that aren't in the CRS reports.
And now for the good stuff:
1. Josh Barro is a budget realist (all budget idealists should click on that one); David Frum on the inflation generational cohort effect; and Matt Yglesias on a USA built on bailout.
2. National Journal has demographics on top Hill staffers; Shani O. Hilton follows up.
Conor Friedersdorf explains politics to the neocons.
3. Alex Klein explains the (severe) limits of InTrade's early presidential nomination pool.
4. Brendan Nyhan on gridlock and scandal.
5. Odds are you've already seen this one, but Nate Birkhead on gender and Members of Congress.
6. Daniel Larison on ideology and missile defense.
7. Yglesias used the Anthony Weiner mess to think about evaluating politicians. Ezra Klein used it to think about Congressional history and ideology. Both are must reads, although I'm obviously a sucker for anyone talking about Nelson Polsby and air conditioning.
8. Jared Bernstein on immigration.
9. Andrew Sullivan on conservativism. And an appreciation of Sullivan (who, in my view, is oddly enough underappreciated) from Hendrick Hertzberg.
10. And it's the weekend, so how about some fun. Dr. Frank remembers college radio; Steven Rubio thinks about blogging; and Tom Nawrocki has a wonderful essay on Silly Love Songs.
And some housekeeping: A wonderful post on the Ministry of Magic by Alyssa Rosenberg reminds me that I'm painfully aware that I've fallen behind in composing Monday Movie Posts. It's because, well, I haven't been watching anything new to write about. Two culprits: the baseball season started, and I've finally started belatedly watching The Wire. I'm early in Seasons 3, so no post on that for a while, most likely. If you're interested...with one or both of our kids, we're finishing up DS9 (five episodes to go; I love the Kai Winn and Dumar plots); well into Buffy Season 4; just finished Firefly and Serenity; just started BSG; about halfway through Python and Star Trek; and just got started on Ellery Queen (we're also on haitus from SNL Season 2, Star Wars: Clone Wars, and Cheers, second-to-last season). All of which is terrific fun, but none of which is likely to produce any good Monday Movie prospects. I have a few things ready to watch, but I just haven't had any success at getting to them. So if there are any MMP fans out there, my apologies, and perhaps I'll get back to it soon.