Happy Birthday to Jonathan Demme, 69. I don't understand why Paul Le Mat didn't become a star, but I guess that's for another day.
So let's get to the good stuff:
1. Ross Douthat on Republican reformers and the states.
2. Good Conor Friedersdorf piece on the GOP-aligned partisan press.
3. They send letters, don't they? Official ones. Dave Weigel on a 19th century custom that works for the 21st century.
4. And I'm very proud of my brother's obsession with politicians at work.