I'm outsourcing most of the table-banging about this to my colleague Matthew Yglesias, but I'm shocked, shocked, that raising the top tax rate and cutting some spending shrunk the deficit. I thought we needed deeper tax cuts in order to do that!
Scott Conroy talks to Gabriel Gomez, who (with some help from a narrative-hungry media) wants to take Scott Brown's place as the bro-senator.
“When I decided to run, I can’t count how many, like, Navy buddies called or emailed me and literally said, ‘Are you insane?’” Gomez recalled. “They all reached out and were like, ‘Dude, like you’ve got a great job, you’ve got a great family.’ I’ve got four amazing kids, my wife is awesome, [I] had a great job until I left it. ‘And why would you want to go down there?’ Like, they said it’s like a cesspool.”
The Wall Street Journal hops aboard the "the IRS scandal proves that we can't enforce Obamacare" train.
I wrote a bit about it in my piece on the Omnishambles, but Chris Moody captures Steny Hoyer's temporary inability to keep scandals straight quite well.
And as Washington stays obsessed with an inscrutable "talking points" scandal, James Ledbetter emerges from the Wayback Machine with a 1998 piece about an inscrutable "talking points" scandal.
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