Reuters is out with the piece we've been waiting for: A behind-the-headlines history of the Michigan right to work law. Key to the story is the failure of a Wisconsin-inspired ballot initiative, which would have enshrined collective bargaining in the state constitution. "The proposition went down to defeat by 57 percent to 43 percent," reports Reuters. "Republicans interpreted this as suggesting that the public would support right-to-work."
Bloomberg calculates the total cost of the presidential election.
John Dickerson writes the first 2016 speculation piece I can stand, by looking at the varities of Republican hopeful. (The speculation I can't stand comes when reporters badger the 2016ers with questions about whether they'll run. Do we think they'll slip up and let that information out now?)
My colleague Matthew Yglesias sets a new standard for the #slatepitch.
And Steve Teles writes about our current "kludgeocracy," the stutter-start method of running the government that occurs when no one wants to really govern.
Okay, one more item: Glenn Hubbard, former Romney adviser and current president of Columbia's business school, survives a scaffolding attack.
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