— Shannon Brownlee asks whether the flu vaccine even matters.

— "I suppose there's an unavoidable falloff in amazingness when you get into public policy issues."

— Justice Clarence Thomas breaks his long silence on the bench.

— By 2025, new cars will be 400 pounds lighter on average to meet new fuel-economy standards.

— Among the items confiscated by the TSA in 2012: spear guns, chainsaws, rocket launchers, samurai swords, eels.

— A congressional staffer illegally downloaded the 3D "Smurfs" movie, a travesty on many counts. 

-  Jonathan Chait is right: Tina Fey should join Twitter in order to be apprised of the latest Wonkblog posts