Happy Birthday to Marina Sirtis, 58. I think it's fair to say that almost none of the problems with Troi were her fault, at least as far as I know -- it would be like blaming the shuttles on Kirk's Enterprise for no one remembering they exist whenever the transporter is out. Or something like that. And, really, the Worf-Troi semi-romance was one of the worst ideas ever. But again, not fair to blame Sirtis.
Never mind; I should get to the good stuff.
1. Ezra Klein interviews Yale's Akhil Reed Amar about broccoli tyranny. Not exactly the same case that I made yesterday, but I think reasonably parallel to it. Recommended.
2. I might as well link to someone who sees these issues completely differently, in this case Conor Friedersdorf. I think, as you can tell from my post linked above, that he's totally and completely wrong. But he's a smart guy, and worth reading even when he's (in my view at least) off-base.
3. Matt Corley at the American Prospect has a very nice piece on voter ignorance.
4. Catherine Rampell profiles Jonathan Gruber.
5. And all about Etch-a-Sketch gaffer Eric Fehrnstrom, from David S. Bernstein.