1. CBO: A government shutdown, by itself, won’t really affect Affordable Care Act implementation. Rachel Weiner reports.
2. Federal Reserve scholar Sarah Binder puts the contest for Fed chair in perspective.
3. Economist Brad DeLong makes the case for Larry Summers — and has a list of the five candidates who meet minimum requirements for the job.
4. Oh, and by the way: Stop calling people “hawks” and “doves” when it comes to Fed policy. So argues Neil Irwin.
5. On immigration, Ed Kilgore notes that for some Republicans, the big goal isn’t so much to kill comprehensive reform as it is to try to get people to buy that the responsibility is shared. The problem? As Greg and others have been reporting, the Spanish-language media don’t seem very open to the argument.
6. Peter Orszag defends the Independent Payment Advisory Board.
7. The Rand Paul/Chris Christie feud continues; Arlette Saenz has the latest round.
8. Francis Wilkinson does the research and finds: “Guns are for white people.”
9. The Senate today is confirming all the National Labor Relations Board nominees. That’s a huge substantive deal in terms of having a working NLRB, and also a pretty big deal in term of overcoming obstruction and keeping the Senate working (and the nukes safe in their silos). My write-up of how the Senate deal is being carried out.
10. Second one from Kilgore: how ideology erases differences.
12. Yes, sequestration is still damaging. Jared Bernstein continues to collect the evidence.
13. Paul Ryan claims he cares about poverty, but who is he listening to? Greg Kaufmann on tough questions for Ryan.
14. Harold Pollack reports from a rally for Trayvon in Chicago. Important.
15. And Seth Masket explains why Anthony Weiner’s scandal differs from Bill Clinton’s.