If you were suspicious of the claim that 98% of Catholic women used birth control, it turns out you had good reason. Lydia McGrew breaks down the study Democrats used for that talking point. Matt Glassman has a nice post on this as well.
‘Political Scientists are hotter than Economists,’ via The Monkey Cage. This has been everywhere but it’s too funny not to post.
Jonathan Bernstein called Congress’s non-retaliation over Obama’s recess appointments. Point: Plain Blog. As we’ve noted here before, this has been a trend. Bernstein has been right on about recess appointments.
Fun, interactive, database that tracks members pork and their private property from the Washington Post.
And voteview came out with polarization scores through 2011. Spoiler alert: we’re still polarized. The most interesting trends are the significant conservative shift among both conservative and moderate Republicans in the Senate. On the other hand, moderate Republicans actually were slightly more moderate in 2011 in the House (though probably not statistically significant). The rest of the party moved more right, undoubtedly due to the influx of Tea Party members. Democrats on remained constant for the most part though moved slightly left in the House.