Happy Birthday to Charisma Carpenter, 42. I have to say that Angel is easily my least-favorite of the Joss Whedon TV shows...there are certainly bits I like, but overall I found it rather forgettable. I do like, however, what happened to Cordy (really? I would have thought it was spelled Cordi), at least in the first couple of seasons. A character who had earned the right to grow up.
On to the good stuff:
1. An excellent contribution to the WaPo "5 Myths" series: Michigan's Ted Brader on campaign ads.
2. The idea that most undecided voters typically break towards the challenger turns out to be a myth (one that I used to believe, until Nate Silver did the work on statewide elections that convinced me otherwise). Now Silver turns to presidential elections to show the same thing.
3. Nice Ezra Klein post about taxes, small business, and jobs.
4. Suzy Khimm discusses some options for reforming the filibuster; good post, and always good to ask Sarah Binder on this topic -- but she didn't mention Superbill!
5. And I'm not watching The Newsroom now, and probably won't catch up with it later, but I still totally enjoyed Alex Pareene's great Sorkin rant.