Happy Birthday to Brandy, 34.
On to the good stuff:
1. Good one from Felicia Sonmez about getting mentioned in the SOTU. Note: it's not exactly a lesson in how the presidency works in general, but the one real thing that's well-illustrated by the movie "Dave" is that it really does matter what comes out of the presidential mouth.
2. A new site: four political scientists talk about The Invisible Primary, plus it looks like other party and elections stuff. Here's David Wiltse on the Rove group.
3. Heath care costs in Massachusetts? Rising. Sarah Kliff has it.
4. CRS has updated U.S. casualty numbers for Afghanistan and Iraq.
5. And head to the Monkey Cage and Joshua Tucker for what political scientists have found about papal elections.