May 31, 2013

1. The real differences in what liberals and conservatives want out of health care reform, from Aaron Carroll.

2. Good point from Jonathan Cohn, on the moderately good news in the Medicare trustee report: “Funny thing: If conservatives weren’t predicting Obamacare doom, modestly good news wouldn’t be a big deal (funny strange, not funny ha ha).”

3. Why Republicans have a systematic advantage in House midterm elections. David Wasserman walks us through it.

4. But as Ed Kilgore points out: It’s true that 014 does have some very clear parallels to 1998, when Dems made gains in the midterms during a Dem president’s second term.

5. Awkward: Mitch McConnell enters the Massachusetts Senate race and touts Gabriel Gomez in the special election for John Kerry’s old seat, making the case that Gomez could be part of a Republican Senate majority. Not the message Gomez wants to remind people of!

6. While Harry Enten has an interesting look at partisan polarization by region. Will there be any Republican governors in New England or Democratic governors in confederate states after the next election cycle?

7. Garance Franke-Ruta explodes the latest overhyped “scandal” nothingburger, this one from the IRS story.

8. Although I like the way Kevin Drum summarized it better.

9. Pema Levy goes behind the Republican talking point about the DC Circuit Court’s caseload.

10. Paul Waldman on the judges that Barack Obama actually has put on the federal bench.

11. Matt Duss: Is there any chance Republicans will not give up the Global War on Terror, and all the political goodies it has afforded them, without a big fight?

12. Greg and I have both made the case for how a coordinated GOP might allow immigration reform to pass the House while voting against it. Francis Wilkinson questions whether House Republicans are organized enough to pull that off. Good corrective.

13. Don’t miss the way Paul Ryan describes his version of a “Grand Bargain” in this Patrick Caldwell piece; it’s not what many would think a “grand bargain” would mean.

14. And Wendy J. Schiller and Charles Stewart III on the 100th anniversary of the 17th Amendment, the direct election of Senators.