* Excellent: Mother Jones rounds up all the supportive and encouraging reactions to Jason Collins’ coming out, from the sports world and beyond. Is it too optimistic to expect the fans will offer the same?
* Bill Clinton weighs in:
I have known Jason Collins since he was Chelsea’s classmate and friend at Stanford. Jason’s announcement today is an important moment for professional sports and in the history of the LGBT community. It is also the straightforward statement of a good man who wants no more than what so many of us seek: to be able to be who we are; to do our work; to build families and to contribute to our communities. For so many members of the LGBT community, these simple goals remain elusive. I hope that everyone, particularly Jason’s colleagues in the NBA, the media and his many fans extend to him their support and the respect he has earned.
* But let’s not forget all the female pro-athletes who have already come out.
* New Public Policy Polling surveys find that Senators who voted against Manchin-Toomey are facing a serious backlash and a slide in the polls. PPP is an automated firm, but a recent Fox poll found large majorities less likely to back lawmakers who voted No.
* Elizabeth Drew has the definitive takedown of the silly idea that Obama’s failure to “twist arms” is what doomed Manchin-Toomey.
* Ed Kilgore on why he’s cautiously optimistic about Obamacare’s implementation, and why even the problems with it are plainly preferable to the system as it is.
* Dave Weigel responds to Ted Cruz’s self-assigned heroism in the gun debate with these things known as “facts,” which Cruz doesn’t have much use for, apparently.
* Jennifer Rubin sums it up: “Don’t be a jerk, Sen. Cruz.”
* A new Pew poll finds 34 percent blame Republicans for the flight delays, while 32 percent blame Obama. There’s no question the GOP won a strategic victory in the FAA standoff, though how much it resonated with the public is less clear.
* Steve Benen reminds us of that clever GOP hashtag, #ObamaFlightDelays, which doesn’t seem to have done much to sway the public.
* The Associated Press finds that the black voter turnout rate may have exceeded that among white voters in 2012, underscoring how polarized the electorate was and showing again just how wrong GOP predictions of a whiter electorate proved.
* And Ron Fournier on the deadly serious indictment of D.C. elites embedded in Obama’s gag-filled speech to the White House Correspondents Dinner.