Happy Birthday to Rennie Stennett, 61. It wasn't his fault. OPS+ the two years before the Giants signed him: 60 and 56. If you sign a guy like that, the fault is clearly yours, not his.
1. Andrea Campbell is a scholar of social policy; now her family is living with the consequences of US health policy. See also Harold Pollack's follow-up.
2. Lynn Vavreck on election prediction models. I'm not sure I agree with her entirely, but definitely a must-read if you've been following Nerdfight.
3. Good post by Andrew Sullivan on "the right's Obama." My answer to his final question: partisanship, but of course there are plenty of ingredients to partisanship, too.
4. And Spencer Ackerman has a key internal Bush Administration State Department memo about torture.