Read Stuff, You Should: Big Day for Congress

Jonathan Bernstein is a Bloomberg View columnist. He taught political science at the University of Texas at San Antonio and DePauw University and wrote A Plain Blog About Politics.
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Happy Birthday to Aron Eisenberg, 46.

Congress opens, but there’s still time for the good stuff:

1. More on Ebola and the International Monetary Fund, from Adia Benton and Kim Yi Dionne at the Monkey Cage.

2. Seth Masket looks for effects of get-out-the-vote campaigns on the outcome of the Colorado Senate race. At Pacific Standard.

3. Also at Pacific Standard, Noah Berlatsky details what we know about how public opinion on torture is formed.

4. How marriage equality won: The Daily Beast's E.J. Graff reviews a new book on the fight, from Massachusetts to Barack Obama.

5. At Real Clear Politics, Sean Trende looks at the Republican built-in advantage in the Senate, and finds it’s less impressive than many Democrats believe. That’s largely correct. The malapportionment of the Senate is clearly undemocratic, but that just hasn’t made a large difference. 

6. A thorough look at how “dynamic scoring” may increase federal budget deficits -- and, more importantly, give Congress less information to work with. From Chye-Ching Huang and Paul N. Van de Water of the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities.

7. While Stan Collender at Forbes takes a broader look at what we should expect from the budget process this year.

8. And Christina Kahrl for ESPN puts together a full lineup of players on the Hall of Fame ballot who won’t be inducted this time.

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