— 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