1. Good Steve Benen piece on the GOP effort to keep big companies and organizations — say, the National Football League — from helping people learn about the benefits available under the Affordable Care Act.
2. Elections matter because they affect public policy. Policy matters because . . . well, if you haven’t had enough feel-good stories yet, read about the first gay couple to benefit from the Supreme Court decision by getting a green card.
3. There’s also the flip side: read John Sides for all the research on race, voting, and the Voting Rights Act.
4. Micah Cohen has a close look at Mitch McConnell’s chances for re-election.
5. I generally think that most of what’s written about the importance of gerrymandering is overblown, but I agree with Michael McDonald: Geography isn’t necessarily driving observed Republican advantages in House districting.
6. Meanwhile, Sean Trende is right about one thing: polarization in Congress is certainly not caused by gerrymandering. (Hint: the Senate is polarized, too!).
7. Rick Hasen assesses the strategy of liberal Supreme Court justices.
8. While Adam Serwer makes the key point: the most important thing about the SCOTUS liberals is that there are only four of them.
9. And Scott Lemieux reviews the Supreme Court’s unusually important term.
10. The problem with a “blank slate” approach to tax reform, from Kitty Richards.
11. Statistical analysis of immigration suggests that the Senate bill would win easily in the House — if it came up for a vote. Also, the Senate vote broke down along conventional ideological lines. (Question for the voteview folks: was the same thing true of the Senate immigration vote last time around?).
12. The conservative surrender on marriage: Gabriel Arana looks at those who are starting to look for a way to accept reality.
13. And the big context setter: Lotta Themner and Peter Wallensteen report on deaths from armed conflict in 2012.