Some old stuff, some recent stuff, but lots of it. Enjoy!
1. Let's start with GOP WH 2012. Back in December my brother David S. Bernstein read Michele Bachmann's book. Good fun! In Iowa, John Sides reported on the Santorum surge. Daniel Larison is appalled by Santorum's foreign policy. And there's been a vigorous and interesting debate about Ron Paul recently, and I'm not going to link to all of it, but I did like this Dan Drezner post. Alyssa Rosenberg wasn't thrilled with GOP rhetoric. And Steve Kornacki on John McCain's grudge politics.
2. Recess appointments: Laurence Tribe has a good NYT op-ed today supporting the president's action; he think it's clearly Constitutional. Ezra Klein had a good post on how these four appointments are different than the other potential ones Obama didn't make: it's all about nullification.
3. Conference committees were in the news recently; Sarah Binder talked about how rare they've become, while Jordan Ragusa cleared up some myths.
4. Greg Marx caps off the recent controversy about fact-checkers with an interesting essay. Must-read for those interested in that debate.
5. Of course I'm going to link to any horse-race coverage with actual horse racing analogies or references. In this case, Matt Glassman on InTrade and longshots. If I made a list of the top dozen US spots I've never been to that I'd like to get to, no question that Saratoga is on that list, so I'm a little jealous.
6. David Adkins on "no true libertarian."
7. A great Ta-Nehisis Coates post...from last month, but terrific.
8. Matt Yglesias learns the lessons of the stimulus.
9. Fred Kaplan looks at North Korea.
10. Interesting essay on education, from Dana Goldstein.
11. The GOP and Braveheart. Alex Massie has fun.
12. And public policy really does have consequences: what could have entered the public domain this week. Although note: restored movies are nice, too -- does that happen to a public domain "To Catch a Thief"? Just asking.