1. The Post led Sunday’s paper with an article about the supposed stubborn resistance from the government to all efforts to shrink it, and it’s taking quite a bit of well-deserved punishment today. I’ll start with Jonathan Chait, who had several factual complaints about data presentation — and detected a tea party agenda at work.
2. I think I agree with Ed Kilgore, however: it’s just Grand Bargaining, the acceptable (to “neutral” reporters) form of media bias.
3. While Kevin Drum makes just one key point: Always adjust for inflation. Or, more generally, always put numbers into proper context, whether it’s inflation, or per capita, or percent of GDP.
4. Beyond the arguments over numbers: Yes, sequestration is still causing real pain for real people. Once again, Jared Bernstein is collecting the stories, including the kids losing Head Start.
5. Annie Lowrey has an important piece about Barack Obama’s lack of progress on administration jobs for women. He’s doing better than George W. Bush, but no better than Bill Clinton — and, by some measures, a little worse.
6. Yes, it certainly sounds as if the United States is moving towards some kind of military action in Syria. Max Fisher on what John Kerry said today.
7. And Alex Seitz-Wald (hey, he’s good, isn’t he!) notes that at this point, a Syria intervention looks extremely unpopular. Some caution: Polling can change rapidly on things like this.
8. Very interesting: Jim Sensenbrenner says he’ll move forward with a Voting Rights Act fix. Most House Republicans have not been interested; we’ll see if he has enough clout to make something happen. I’ll believe it when I see it. Aaron Blake reports.
9. Yes, tea party activists and other hucksters are calling the Affordable Care Act “BoehnerCare” because the speaker can’t force the Democratic Senate and President Obama to do whatever he wants.
10. Abby Rapoport on prison reform as a promising area for, believe it or not, bipartisan cooperation. At least in the states.
11. Jamelle Bouie looks back at the 1963 March on Washington and how we think about civil rights history:
The only Martin Luther King Jr. that President Obama — or most Americans — can celebrate and commemorate in a full-hearted way is one who’s been mythologized and shorn of his rough edges. That’s the one we have. Do we want that King? Or do we want to reclaim his radical legacy and at the same time sacrifice his popularity?
12. Paul Waldman isn’t impressed with Rand Paul’s grasp of the concepts he is supposedly dedicated to.
And some very good news: The Monkey Cage is coming to the Washington Post.