- Meet your new, more liberal Senate Banking Committee!

- Say goodbye to Sen. Kent Conrad and his dog, Dakota. 

- The Mean Girls of Capitol Hill. 

- Felix Salmon explains the fiscal cliff with...Legos, obviously. 

- The Libertarian case against right-to-work laws. 

- "Some social scientists argue the incarceration rate is now so high that [it's] creating more crime over the long term"

- Survey of oddest job interview questions includes “Do you believe there is life in outer space?” and “Are you black?”