Happy Birthday to Brad Hennessey, 32. He was still hanging in there in the minors, in the Astros system, in 2011; I'm rooting for him to make it back.
And now the good stuff:
1. I'm fascinated by the data on House staff turnover rates, from Lee Drutman at the Sunlight Foundation.
2. Josh Putnam makes sense about the future of the Nevada caucuses. Excellent points.
3. Evan Haglund looks at current executive branch vacancies -- and adds some complexity to the question of vacancies from the political science literature.
4. I think Jonathan Cohen gets the recent contraception decision just about right. See also Sarah Kliff's excellent FAQ.
5. And I've always thought that Quadrophenia was a far better album than Tommy, which has great songs but in my view is far less than the sum of its parts; Tobi Vail explains the appeal of the later album in generational terms, which I'm not sure is correct but I'll buy because it's another marker that I'm not a baby boomer (I count according to the demographers, but I'm too young -- I would argue -- culturally). I don't know: when do you think the cultural line is for the younger edge of baby boomers?