Read Stuff, You Should: The Lee-Rubio Tax Plan

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Happy Birthday to Cookie Rojas, 76.

Finally, the weekend is coming; you’re going to need the good stuff:

1. Paul Nolette at the Monkey Cage on state attorney general activism in national politics. With a nice reference to Alexander Hamilton on the dangers of a plural executive.

2. At The New West, Zachary Callen looks at the complexities of federalism.

3. The Atlantic’s Ta-Nehisi Coates on Ferguson.

4. Howard Gleckman at the Tax Policy Center on the good -- and the bad -- of the Lee-Rubio tax reform plan.

5. Meanwhile, Jonathan Chait of New York says the bottom line of Lee-Rubio is the end of reform conservatism. Worth reading, but I’m not sure I agree. If the standard conservative position is large tax cuts mainly for the rich, Lee-Rubio might still be a significant change if it retains large cuts but targets them differently (even if the distribution is still slanted upward). What certainly remains true is that tax cuts are paid for with more tax cuts.

6. At American Prospect, Paul Waldman points out that the Fox News poll I referred to yesterday had some interesting questions.

7. At Bloomberg Politics, Julie Bykowicz on ethanol and the Iowa Caucuses. Someone needs to follow up on what Hillary Clinton would do about ethanol if she runs unopposed, keeping in mind that Iowa is a very competitive general election state, too.

8. Greg Sargent at Plum Line on the multiple failures that contributed to the possible failure of Congress to pass any new authorization for the war on Islamic State.

9. And the Post's Alyssa Rosenberg has a “politician’s guide to talking about pop culture (without sounding dumb).”

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