March 21
  • Democrats are trying to fight back against the blizzard of Koch-brothers money being invested in tight Senate races with their own little storm: “The Senate Majority PAC effort will last for roughly two weeks and span five states — Arkansas, Colorado, Louisiana, Michigan, and North Carolina. In an attempt to combat the Koch brothers, the $3 million buy will nearly double what Senate Majority PAC has spent on all television ads so far this cycle, around $3.6 million.”
  • Speaking of those Koch brothers ads, Jonathan Cohn argues that the latest, in which a woman talks earnestly yet vaguely about people being hurt by Obamacare, just shows that the law is working. If they could find real-life Obamacare tragedies that actually held up to scrutiny, they would.
  • The Commonwealth Fund’s David Blumenthal, in an interview with James Fallows of the Atlantic, explains why in 2014 so many doctors still keep records on paper.
  • The Education Department released data today showing that black students are suspended and expelled at three times the rate of white students. The disparity goes all the way down to preschool. Jamelle Bouie explains what these numbers represent.
  • Ted Cruz says the idea that the GOP is the party of the rich is “the single biggest lie in politics.” Glenn Kessler, as is his wont, examines the question. Will his answer surprise you? No, it probably won’t.
  • National treasure Jaime Fuller makes your weekend with what is surely the most comprehensive collection of videos of politicians dancing awkwardly ever assembled. Does Prince Charles breakdance? Of course he does.
  • Netflix may have signed a deal to pay Comcast to ensure its content could flow freely to Comcast’s customers, but chief executive Reed Hastings wants us to know he only did it under duress, and that net neutrality is in everyone’s interests. “Some big ISPs are extracting a toll because they can,” Hastings writes. “They effectively control access to millions of consumers and are willing to sacrifice the interests of their own customers to press Netflix and others to pay.”
  • Rob Marcus is one savvy businessman. He took over as chief executive of Time Warner Cable in January, promptly sold the company to Comcast, and now stands to drift gently to the ground on an $80 million golden parachute if the deal goes through, which would mean nearly $2 million for every day of the six weeks he spent in his new job before the sale of the company. But don’t get envious — this is the kind of just reward that smart, hard-working job creators deserve.
  • Syracuse professor Jennifer Stromer-Galley (who has a new book out!) takes us for a trip down memory lane to look at the ghastly web sites of the 1996 presidential campaign. Lamar Alexander’s was particularly fetching.
  • Kevin Drum says he’s sick to death of rich people telling the rest of us to follow our passions, which usually means going broke. “Here’s some better advice: try to avoid stuff that you hate. I admit that this is less uplifting, but it’s generally more achievable and produces reasonable results.” Keep in mind as commencement season approaches.
  • Matt Drudge proudly tells the world he paid the penalty for not having health coverage, which he has termed the “liberty tax.” Which is odd, because no one has to pay the penalty until they file their 2014 tax returns in April 2015. But maybe that copy of “FurboTax” he bought on Ebay wasn’t actually legit.