Happy Birthday to Alex Winter. Esq. 48, and always most excellent.
1. Eric Schickler and Greg Wawro on the Senate showdown.
2. Brad Plumer asks: Does the Senate really need to confirm 1,200 executive branch jobs? I think his answer is probably no, and my answer is more-or-less yes, but it's a good and fair overview of the situation.
3. Nice one from Paul Krugman about markets, firms, and other such things.
4. And I'm a big fan of Taegan Goddard's Political Wire -- if you are, and you should be, be sure to check this out.