Happy Birthday to Roz Chast, 58.
Back to normal schedule this week, which means back to the good stuff:
1. Members we'll miss, by Jennifer Steinhauer.
2. Do tax breaks to encourage savings for retirement actually work? Perhaps not. Annie Lowrey reports -- in a new and promising NYT blog for reporting on the fiscal cliff negotiations. Anything that has Lowrey and David Leonhardt (and several other excellent journalists) reporting is going to be worth reading."Debt Reckoning" sure is an awful title, though.
3. Paul Krugman looks at some data about "takers" and finds it's just health care costs. Larger point: pick a budget problem that people think is a big deal, and odds are that it turns out to be really about health care costs.
4. I'm pretty sure Stan Collender's reading of the news stories about the fiscal cliff negotiations is the right one.
5. And I haven't seen the movie yet, but Andrew Sprung on Lincoln, politics, and democracy is a must-read.