Straight to the good stuff:
1. I'm a big fan of Mark Blumenthal's "power outsiders" poll, here on Rick Perry and electability.
2. Do Members of Congress vote their social status? From John Sides.
3. Andrew Sullivan: "Republicanism as religion."
4. Budget caps and why they don't work, from Suzy Khimm.
5. A primer on Social Security from Glenn Kessler. Or, even more on Social Security from Karl Smith.
6. Ta-Nehisi Coates: "Somehow we got in our head that the Civil Rights movement happened because Martin Luther King was a really nice guy." On how to move ahead.
7. Harold Pollack talks to a lobbyist and learns about ACA.
8. Nate Silver's pre-mortem on the NY-7 Special holds up well still.
9. Norm Ornstein and Tom Mann on the silliness that is third-party wishful thinking.
10. Diversity, Obama, and the courts, from Jesse Holland. And Adam Serwer on Rush, Michael Moore, and Bill Maher. Also, Sides on Obama and the Jews.
11. A fun glossary of Congressspeak, from Matt Glassman. Do people really say "cats and dogs"? I've read about it several times now, but never heard anyone actually use it.
12. And I'm not sure if Philip Bump is really covering new ground in his takedown of discredited pollster Frank Luntz, but I'm always up for rehashing his credits.