Happy Birthday to Keith Carradine, 63. I mostly associate him with Alan Rudolph, who I liked a lot during his peak (although I suppose he's the Don Mattingly or Mo Vaughn of directors -- very nice peak, but that's about it, and it's not as if he was Pujols or McGwire at his peak). I'm a big fan of Choose Me and Trouble in Mind (oddly enough, never saw Welcome to L.A., though), and I liked The Moderns and even like Mrs. Parker, although I guess I"m the only one who did...looking up Rudolph, I'm surprised how many of his movies I've missed. I should do something about that. Getting back to Carradine: I haven't watched Dexter (not really interested, although I'm sure it's great) or Deadwood (high on my list, just haven't got around to it). I did enjoy seeing him on Dollhouse, though.
Sorry for the rambling, have to get to the good stuff:
1. Brendan Nyhan on reporters, fact-checkers and the Harry Reid thing. I agree with most of it, but still disagree about what fact-checkers should be doing about it. Note comments from two top fact-checkers; good to know they're listening, at least.
2. E. J. Graff on where "having it all" comes from anyway -- and what can be done about it.
3. Nate Silver makes a point that can't be made often enough about swing states, this time via North Carolina.
4. And the case for reviving Crossfire, from Ramesh Ponnuru. I'm pretty sure he's wrong -- even if you could get Crossfire at its best, and you probably can't get anywhere close to Crossfire at its best. But I'm not entirely sure he's wrong.