Happy Birthday to Michael McKean, 66.
Good stuff; not too much, since some of you are going back to work today:
1. I've said that Ross Douthat has the hardest job in America: his job is to be a representative of real conservatives but also to tell the truth as he sees it, and even in the best of times those are going to clash, and these are not the best of times for the GOP (no NYT columnist is charged with being a real liberal; the point of having Tom Friedman on the op-ed page isn't lost if liberals disown him). Keep that in mind, and this one is extremely impressive. Also this one is correct, regardless of context.
2. Scott Monje's deep dive into the shutdown game.
3. And Sarah Kliff is counting ACA applications.