--Jonathan Cohn on where health care stands as of now

--Richard Thaler on the all-gain, no-pain plan to auction off the radio spectrum

--Tim Noah on America's insufficiently frightened ruling class

--Ron Brownstein on America's excessively frightened Democrats

--Dexter Filkins surveys America's position in Afghanistan

--Ross Douthat dreams of Mitch Daniels (My not-altogether different take here.)