My Plum Line post today was about House Republicans, so check that out if you're interested. But I also have lots of good stuff for your long weekend:
1. At the new Vanderbilt blog, John Geer argues that Newt's Iowa collapse was probably the work of elite GOP opinion, not attack ads. Also, Josh Putnam responds to my question about Republicans and New Hampshire, and Jordan Ragusa thinks about South Carolina and candidate incentives.
2. E.J. Graff on rape statistics and why getting it right matters.
3. The recent Defense Authorization bill was apparently more complex than it appeared; Adam Serwer is on it.
4. Some hashtag archeology, from Nancy Scola; sort of odd that @dbernstein and @Graniteprof didn't rate a mention.
5. Speaking of which, David S. Bernstein on how the press corps on the campaign trail has changed, and Meryl Gordon on progress -- and lack of progress -- in gender equality.
6. Parties matter. Matt Yglesias explains why that helps anticipate a possible Mitt Romney presidency. Michael Cohen looks at Romney and the other candidates on foreign policy, and Conor Friedersdorf follows Sarah Palin's theories about Romney and the press. Nate Silver argues that the Bain attacks could hurt Romney in November, and explains how. Good post.
7. Brad DeLong explains why raising the Medicare eligibility age is a bad idea.
8. I definitely agree with Andrew Rudalevige, who throws some history and cold water on Barack Obama's ideas for government reorganization.
9. No JSTOR for you! Alexis Madrigal has the numbers, and why it matters.
10. Kevin Drum, king of all media.
11. Pictures of old Washington. The part people live in.
12. And two baseball links: Christina Kahrl is terrific as usual on Jack Morris, HOF candidate; BP's Colin Wyers is good on myths, images, and steroids.