Happy Birthday to Colm Meaney, 59.
Right to the good stuff:
1. "Why is opinion writing still mostly male?" An excellent contribution on an important topic, from CJR's Erika Fry. I'll add that it frustrates me quite a bit that so few women who study American politics have taken up blogging about it (and if you are and I'm not linking to you, let me know!).
2. Greg Koger's first post at Mischiefs of Faction is about parties in Congress, and it's really, really good.
3. Jared Bernstein continues to litigate last week's argument about Obama era spending. Guessing the WaPo fact-checker won't reconsider, but they should.
4. And an argument for Mars, from Tim Fernholz. I'm not really convinced, although I'd like to be.