Happy Birthday to Hawk Harrelson, 72. Yes, I enjoy his broadcasts. No, I'm not going to apologize for it.
Some good stuff:
1. Reid Wilson on the era of the recall.
2. Smart Syria analysis from Dan Drezner.
3. Also worth reading: Ross Douthat on Syria.
4. Beth McMurtrie on social scientists and policy makers.
5. And this came up in comments here recently, so I should definitely link: David Schoenfield on "why we'll see tanking in September." More plausible than I thought. Thanks again, Bud Selig.