Another day, another set of temptations to make small campaign events Big News. But in this post, I only pretend to talk about small things, which are sometimes actually big things:

* Two National Journal articles display gaps in pay and status of women in various Washington jobs, supplementing Anne Kim’s WaMo piece on think tank disparities.

* Brother Steve Benen concludes that “repeal and reverse” is indeed the GOP’s health care agenda.

* Greg Sargent thinks Romney is beginning to lose the economy argument with voters.

* At TNR, Jon Cohn emphasizes the stupidity of GOP governors opposing Medicaid expansion, and yours truly suggests it may be about ambitions for higher office in a GOP where you can’t get too far right.

* Jamal Abdi suggests systematic discrimination against Iranian-Americans, even at Apple Stores.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer criticizes efforts to treat ever-more-expensive college education as a “good investment,” and also comments on the Penn State disaster.

And in non-political news:

* Researchers say shifty eyes not a sign of lying, People can stare right into the cameras, unwaveringly, and lie right through their teeth, doncha know.

The weekend is growing nigh, and I need it. But one more day of fun political talk! Let’s tee it up with the Music Machine’s “Talk Talk” from somewhere deep in the 60s.


Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.