Happy Birthday to Tim Minear, 50.
1. Regular readers will know that I strongly agree with Ilya Somin about the words "democracy" and "republic." There are two reasonable choices: treat them as synonyms, which is what we should do in most contexts...or treat them as about the concepts of Athens vs. Rome, which is interesting and all but has nothing at all to do with the USA or any other modern polity. I mean, of course some of our ideas come from Athens and Rome, but our institutions really don't, and can't. See more here -- really the first three, which are all more or less repetitive, but if you go down a bit you'll see a pretty good point about why it might matter if a nation thinks of itself as a Republic, and also some stuff about Palpatine.
2. Joseph Neeley on "The Republican Brian." I'm no expert at this stuff...but my inclination is to believe it's mainly bunk.
3. And Kevin Drum on Medicaid and transferring money from Republican states to Democratic states.