Opening Act: Filibust

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 22: U.S. Senate Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) leaves the weekly Senate Democratic Policy Luncheon January 22, 2013 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.

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Today, Democrats decide whether they’ll reform the filibuster in a way that puts a real onus on the minority, or whether they’ll gently tweak it. Smart money is on the gentle tweak.

While everybody’s distracted, the sequester that President Obama told us “wasn’t going to happen” is… probably going to happen.

Gary Wills has some thoughts about the South.

No part of the country will suffer the effects of global warming earlier or with more devastation than the South, yet its politicians resist measures to curb carbon emissions and deny the very existence of climate change—sending it to the dungeon with evolution and biblical errancy. One doesn’t need much imagination to see the South with lowered or swollen waters in its rivers and ports, raging kudzu, swarming mosquitos, and record-breaking high temperatures, still telling itself that global-warming talk is just a liberal conspiracy. But it just digs deeper in denial. The South has decided to be defeated and dumb.

Israel’s election, explained.

Bobby Jindal’s office sure does spend a lot of time telling reporters that he’s about to get Real with Republicans.

Alec MacGillis asks if Murray Energy is actually hiring again, now that it’s no lo longer in the company’s interest to groan about Obama killing their jobs.

Jonathan Chait gets snarky.

The worst reactions to the DOD’s decision to allow women in combat roles.