Happy Birthday to Michael Dorn, 61.
1. Interesting point (and interesting data) about democracy and constitutions, from Xavier Marquez.
2. As regulars know, I'm quick to think the worst of Newt Gingrich, so I have to pay attention when Ta-Nehisi Coates approves of something he does.
3. Joshua Tucker reminds us to be cautious of "great man" theories.
4. While Stephen Benedict Tyson reminds us that sometimes, individual characteristics and choices matter. Both are right!
5. Want ACA stats? Kaiser has them.
6. Is there really going to be a permanent doc fix? Sarah Kliff reports.
7. And a great quote on parties from the 19th century, via Seth Masket.