So I’m a bit groggy after staying up to watch the two-hour season premiere of Mad Men, which (mild spoiler alert!) could probably be summed up with these famous images:

Now here are some mid-day potluck offerings:

* In a brief interruption of coverage of the Hillary ’16 euphoria, reporters force Chelsea Clinton to “leave the door open” to a future political run.

* Orszag argues chained CPI not so different from regular CPI as generally assumed–which, of course, diminishes its value as a deficit-reduction cure-all.

* Former prodigy speechwriter Jon Favreau debuts as a columnist with Daily Beast piece on sequestration.

* Dave Weigel has a good brief compilation of anti-Thatcher British pop music.

* Fine TAP piece from 2005 about disastrous impact of Thatcher’s old-age pension “reforms.”

* New study shows reporting on a woman’s physical appearance, negative or positive, reduces her electability as political candidate.

And in non-political news:

* Cardinal week: Louisville faces Michigan in NCAA men’s tournament final tonight; Louisville faces UConn in women’s final tomorrow night.

Back in under an hour.

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.