Today, Suzy investigated illegal immigrants’ contribution to Texas’ boom, Ezra talked to Nobel laureate Michael Spence about our unemployment problem, Sarah looked into the slowing rate of Medicare cost growth, and Brad previewed the coming wave of EPA-provoked coal plant shutdowns. Here’s what we missed:

1) It seems odd to include spending cuts as a trigger in a jobs supercommittee, but it’s better than nothing. Read Sarah’s post for more.

2) Michael Dukakis is back, and he’s talkin’ ’bout rail policy.

3) Even by the Wall Street Journal op-ed page’s standards, today’s Stephen Moore piece is really embarrassing.

4) Belief in evolution tends to go up as countries get richer — except in the U.S.

5) The crisis we’re not in.

Song of the Day: Phoenix - “Too Young”