1. Sen. Harry Reid's decision will generate an intense negative reaction among activist Democrats and liberals. Bad Harry, weak Harry. But I suspect that the ratcheting down of pressure will be somewhat of a relief to the Finance Committee negotiators. Less pressure means more time to think -- and to haggle civilly, as opposed to haggling with a looming deadline.
Age discrimination affects us all. Who cares about youth? James Hamblin turns to his colleague Jeffrey Goldberg for advice.