The good stuff:
1. It's good to read what smart outsiders say about you -- here's Alex Massie on Newtown.
2. Stan Collender is not optimistic about a deal before January 1. Jonathan Cohn has more.
3. Michael Linden notes that John Boehner is extremely selective as to whether interest on debt counts as government "spending" or not.
4. Which president:
under our institutions there was no middle ground for the negro race between slavery and equal citizenship. There can be no permanent disfranchised peasantry in the United States. Freedom can never yield its fullness of blessings so long as the law or its administration places the smallest obstacle in the pathway of any virtuous citizen.Answer? That's Garfield, in his inaugural address in 1881. I know very little about Garfield other than "disappointed office seeker," so I found it interesting. From Kenneth Lowande; part of a series from the Miller Center.
5. And Mary Elizabeth Williams interviews the great Julie Brown.