Happy Birthday to Teri Garr, 65. Here's one for you: how much better are Terri Garr, Cloris Leachman, and Madeline Kahn than Gene Wilder, Peter Boyle, and Marty Feldman? I'm talking overall talent, not just that one movie. And I like Boyle a lot, and I like Feldman for what he was...but that's a pretty severe imbalance, no? Hey -- I knew she was in Elvis movies, but I didn't realize that she was a dancer in The T.A.M.I. Show, too.
Lots of good stuff today:
1. Spencer Ackerman on Zero Dark Thirty and torture: he argues that the movie does not make a (false) case for the efficacy of torture.
2. AWGOC, from Stan Collender.
3. While Suzy Khimm reads different tea leaves and sees a fiscal cliff deal coming.
4. Apparently you're going to be hearing soon that 73% of new jobs are government jobs, so you might want to read from Alex Seitz-Wald that it's (suprise!) a myth. Also in that vein; the CRA myth (the CRA caused the crash in 2008) is apparently back; Noah Smith explains why it's wrong.
5. I was hitting on the GOP for not having policy ideas...David Frum argues that Republicans do have solid ideas on how to raise revenues. Eh. Putting aside the general question he raises of which is the best policy, I see absolutely no sign that actual Republicans in Congress would vote for the things he recommends here.
6. And Dave Cameron on uncertainty, prospects, and established major league veterans.