Opening Act: Halligan

Paul Krugman

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The Senate will vote today on an Obama nominee for the D.C. circuit. There are currently no Obama appointees on that circuit, thanks to (unsurprisingly) filibusters and (more surprisingly) the administration’s lagging announcements of appointees.

Peter Suderman makes a smart observation about Mitt Romney’s comeback tour.

Alex Seitz-Wald recaps the Krugman-Scarborough debate.

Beth Reinhard captures the conventional wisdom on Jeb Bush’s old-new immigration position. People could split hairs and compare what he’s doing to the Senate framework, but it only seems that way because the GOP evolved faster on the issue than he expected.

When Bush and co-author Clint Bolick were writing the book during the 2012 presidential campaign, the GOP was veering far to the right. Republican nominee Mitt Romney had staked out a hardline position against illegal immigration, blasting his primary rivals as pro-amnesty and promoting “self-deportation” for undocumented workers. Bush sent the book to the printer before Christmas – weeks before a handful of Senate Republicans embraced a sweeping overhaul that, like the proposals backed by Bush’s brother, former President George W. Bush, would allow illegal immigrants to earn citizenship.

This argues for politicians writing e-books or pamphlets that they can update quickly, not writing hardcover tomes that will be mulched unless they become president.

Steve Dennis games out the trouble facing the president’s environmental nominees.

Keeping with this week’s AIPAC themes, here’s James Inhofe worrying that young Jews don’t talk about Israel anymore.

And the agony of a freelance journalist.