Happy Birthday to Kim Richards, 49. Not only was she Tia (and the kid who played Tony really couldn't act at all), but was also a regular on "James at 16", which is a huge big deal for many people my age...it was sort of a 1970s Degrassi, but less Canadian. And she was on "Hello, Larry."
Gut yontif to all those observing the holiday -- you really can't knock a holiday that basically just celebrates happiness for a week, can you? Meanwhile, some good stuff:
1. Sarah Binder on the politics of the Fed.
2. House Republicans have a "replace" plan for ACA, after all. Austin Frakt and Aaron Carroll are not impressed.
3. Does Mike Lee's tax plan add up? Matt Yglesias doesn't think so. By the way, as far as I can tell, and granted I just scanned a couple of articles, the health care plan they unveiled was Medicare Part D again -- all spending, no pay-fors. That they apparently haven't managed to come up with something that would expand coverage nevertheless is sort of impressive, but at any rate, Yglesias has the right attitude here -- let's see these things get scored before taking them seriously.
4. Robert David Sullivan has some fun on the 51st state question.
5. Sarah Kliff with an update on health care costs: some bad news, and some good.
6. And Kevin Drum on morning roundup posts. I'm pretty happy with my morning links posts, which are certainly not news roundups, so I don't think it's what he's talking about. I'm not actually 100% certain that it's the best use of the time it takes, but regular readers seem to enjoy them, and I know that at least sometimes I'll nudge something from obscurity to less obscurity. Not always, of course; I include plenty of non-obscure items. For me, there's a bit of a cheat element in it, since it gives me something to put up first thing in the morning that can be prepared in advance...I know I have plenty of readers in the Eastern time zone, so I do want something up relatively early.