Happy Birthday to Al Green, 66.
Getting right to the good stuff:
1. Fred Kaplan on Iran, Israel, and the US elections. Not cheerful.
2. 2016 alert: GOP state senators in New York blocked the creation of that state's ACA health insurance exchange...so Governor Andrew Cuomo created one by executive order. Reporting by Thomas Kaplan.
3. Tea Party-friendly new Senator Ron Johnson is about to sack his legislative staff, according to reporting from Meredith Shiner, mainly because he's more interested in being a showhorse than a workhorse. I'd love to see evidence of how these sorts of Member-staff problems predicts, or doesn't predict, other long-run problems. Has anyone ever collected these data?
4. And a couple of baseball links. Giants (and Orioles) fans who missed this on Sunday should read the NYT column by Emilie Miller, Jon's daughter; and Ben Jacobs interviews, Rick Santorum, baseball fan.