Today alternated between a sort of political news coma (unless you enjoy reading those who are just catching up on earlier developments in the fiscal fight) and reasonably big stuff, punctuated by the chaos and skullduggery in Michigan. Here’s what’s left:

* In response to those claiming that the filibuster’s no big deal, Dylan Mathews of WonkBlog lists 17 major bills that would have been cleared a majority-vote Senate in the last four years.

* At Forbes, Daniel Fisher has long profile of the Kochs focusing on their business practices.

* Hilarious: McConnell forced to filibuster his own 2011 idea giving president power to raise debt limit subject to congressional disapproval.

* At Ten Miles Square, Aaron Carroll takes a good swing at the “bad lifestyles” excuse for the poor performance of the U.S. health care system.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer assesses the new divestment campaigns on college campuses designed to stop endowment investments in fossil-fuel companies.

And in non-political news:

* Apple’s announcement that it will begin assembling Macs in the U.S. less than meets the eye when it comes to the company’s overall operations.

That’s it for a difficult day.

Yabba-Dabba-Do, and:


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.