1. Starting with health care, of course. Steve Kornacki has a good post on Mitt Romney’s covert Leno case for the individual mandate.
2. Adam Serwer: “If Obamacare gets struck down, the biggest factor will not be [Paul] Clement or [Donald] Verrilli. It’ll be that there are five GOP Justices.”
4. Ed Kilgore on the “what then?” question.
5. I think this TPM reader’s point is consistent with what I said earlier about a “limiting principle.”
6. On the economy. It was the states that did it in – the Republican states, that is. Mike Konczal and Bryce Covert explore one of the biggest, most overlooked stories of the Great Recession, public-sector job loss.
7. Suzy Khimm on quiet attempts to derail the Dodd-Frank legislation. Will Senate Democrats resist?
8. Great reporting from Spencer Ackerman: The FBI internal investigation found that the bureau “taught its agents that they could sometimes ‘bend or suspend the law’ in their hunt for terrorists and criminals.”
9. Nice Brad Plumer explainer on why the Environmental Protection Agency regulates pollution the way it does.
10. I’m really inclined to believe that Mitt Romney is the Generic Republican Candidate and that anyone who assumes that his occasional gaffes will matter is going to be wrong, so there’s that, but really: as Jonathan Chait notes, the guy can’t even handle a question from Hugh Hewitt without threatening to slaughter babies, or something like that.
11. Zeke Miller on why Republican politicians have been slow to endorse Romney.
12. Political scientist Anthony Fowler studies compulsory voting in Australia and finds that it “increased voter turnout by 24 percent which in turn increased the vote shares and seat shares of the Labor Party by 7 to 9 percent.”
13. A really good FAQ on member of Congress perks from Matt Glassman. Short version: There used to be a lot. Not any more.
14. I haven’t yet read all of the behind-the-scenes accounts of the Grand Bargain negotiations, but I strongly suspect that Matt Yglesias has it right: They were never close. There was never a deal to be had.
15. And Debbie Wasserman Schultz on her own brand of “repeal and replace,” from Annie Groer.