So many good choices, but Happy Birthday to Alan Rickman, 67.
Also, good stuff:
1. Friends of Hamas are everywhere -- Tim Murphy reports. As does Adam Serwer.
2. Apparently the way the US does security clearances is a few decades behind the times. No surprise. John Hamre proposes an update.
3. Matt Yglesias on BipartisanThink.
4. Since I linked to the original: CAP's Neera Tanden responds to TNR on think tanks.
5. And Andrew Gelman cites Bill James correctly.