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Our Dylan Scott sat down with out-going Rep. Jim Moran (D) to discuss his only-after-you-retire argument that Congress needs its salaries to be a lot higher. He'll come in for a lot of derision - not that he cares at this point. But there's one sentence in the interview I want to highlight.

We're the board of directors for the largest economic entity in the world. Comparatively speaking, the members of Congress earn less than the average banker, less than the average doctor. Considerably less than the average CEO, who now makes $9.6 million. We deal with people on a regular basis who come to see us who make more in a week than we make in a year.

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From TPM Reader WB ...

You are obviously interpreting the 9th Street Ministries Clinic closing all wrong. It is not because of the dwindling number of uninsured. It's because Obamacare has been such an unmitigated disaster that their clients can no longer afford to use a free clinic.

In these days of partisan division and epistemic siloing we all live in bubbles of a sort. But some, quite simply, do so so much more than others. Remember: once you unskewed the polls, Romney was really winning. And sometimes, sleep walking, Karl Rove is still looking for those beleaguered Fox News number crunchers because, gosh darnit, Romney is still picking up votes in Ohio. Some are still living in that own private Ohio. Today though the long twilight struggle between numbers and the power of positive thinking has moved on to the fresh fields of ObamaCare.

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"Is that somebody throwing something at me?" - Hillary Clinton reacting after shoe flies by.

My take on Sebelius's departure, from earlier this evening ...

Sen. Angus King (I-ME) says he may switch to the GOP caucus after the mid-term election - presumably if the Republicans take over the Senate or come close enough where King's vote could push them into the majority. A friend of mine wrote in to ask if this didn't make King look a bit silly and whether it might not cause him problems with both Senate caucuses.

Yes, to silly. No, to damage with either party since both may soon need him. But the bigger deal is that I just don't think this threat is credible.

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It's official: Colbert to replace Letterman.

I will say that I couldn't be happier that Colbert is taking over for Letterman, though I understand some had hoped (quite reasonably) that perhaps the time had come for a female entrant into the top-tier late night slots. One thought I have though is that I feel like coming out of character might be a bigger adjustment than people imagine.

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Krauthammer tells Republicans it's time to let go, move on from Benghazi. Watch.

The hopes, the dreams, the blue Benghazi ribbon avatars on twitter. Letting go is hard.