* Harry Reid vows to hold a vote not just on the Paul Ryan plan, but also on ending tax breaks for oil companies, signaling a tougher, more unified posture agaist the GOP from the White House and Senate Dems.
* A fascinating read from Anne Kornblut getting inside Obama’s thinking and what led him to finally release his long-form birth certificate.
* Fun point from Steve Benen: When Obama said today that “we do not have time for this kind of silliness,” he was talking to reporters.
* Relatedly, the question of the day, from David Weigel:
In the seven years and four months of George W. Bush’s presidency after 9/11, how many times did reporters ask “9/11 Truth” questions in White House briefings? How many times did they ask it of the president himself?
* Geat stuff from Jason Linkins on how reporters need to start subject ing Trump to the same scrutiny he demanded from Obama and stop playing along with his carnival act.
* Michael Scherer on how birtherism isn’t about Obama’s birthplace; it’s about fear and loathing of American decline and demographic change.
* Markos Moulitsas on why releasing the birth certificate was brilliant politics:
Let’s face it, this is a huge loser for the GOP. What better way to show how out-of-touch and irrational Republicans are, than to rub this in their faces.
* Obama’s secret plot to hoodwink defenseless conservatives into becoming birthers and making themselves look like paranoid lunatics was fiendishly clever indeed.
* The head of the conservative 60 Plus Association struggles mightly to justify his mega flip-flop from demagoguing against Dems over Medicare cuts to supporting Paul Ryan’s plan to end the program as we know it.
Washington is stuck in the wrong conversation, but it’s the only one anyone’s actually hearing.
* And no end to the hucksterism as Trump says he’s now recalling his investigators from Hawaii — investigators we can’t be sure ever were sent there in the first place.
What else is happening?