Happy Birthday to Chris Pine, 33. He's okay as Kirk, I suppose; not bad enough to keep the first movie from being quite entertaining, but certainly not even remotely good enough to rescue the disaster of the second movie. You know what? I definitely at this point hate Star Trek Into Darkness a lot more than I dislike Phantom Menace. And it's not because I'm going soft on Phantom Menace.
Okay, enough of that: much better to think about the good stuff:
1. Joshua Foust on Glenn Greenwald.
2. Are national security types entering electoral politics? Dan Drezner goes with the "three makes a trend" and gets a worthwhile post out of it.
3. Andrew Sprung says the time for Democrats to force a budget confrontation is sooner, not later.
4. Getting ready for Obamacare: more implementation reporting from Sarah Kliff.
5. Fred Kaplan on Syria.