Marco Rubio drops a major hint that he is, in fact, planning to run for president in 2016. He begins his pre-campaign campaign by disagreeing with the science on climate change, saying man isn’t responsible and that, even if he were, doing something about it would destroy the economy. Via the New York Times. Meanwhile, as Rubio pivots and Jeb Bush hints he’s considering the race, Miami is at the center of the debate. And Paul Krugman sets the new terms: forget the crazy-science argument and go for the crazy-climate-change economics.
The Michael Sam question isn’t whether the NFL is ready for an openly gay player – but whether NFL fans are. Via the New Yorker.
In case you missed it: The all-Republican Kansas political leaders have embarked on a grand ideological “all-tax cuts we love trickle-down” economics experiment, to entirely predictable effect. Revenues have dropped by half a billion dollars and are still dropping fast. The state’s credit has been downgraded. To get to a balanced budget, the state will have to slash $1.48 billion, according to the Kansas Legislative Research Department. It’s the Reagan deficit imposed upon Bob Dole’s home state. Punchline: Governor Brownback blames Obama.
Related: CNN Money on the steadily dropping federal deficit and on the reason the CBO is writing better-than-hoped-for future forecasts: Obamacare.
Anti-gay trials have begun in Uganda. Here’s what we know so far. Via Vox.
CNN poll: Most people want to keep Obamacare as it is or improve it — but great majority also think it has been a failure so far.
Eric Cantor meets up with the Tea Party in his own backyard. Let’s just say it wasn’t a friendly neighborhood bash. Via the Washington Post.
Joan Vennochi asks whether Harvard worries more about its “brand” than about protecting victims of sexual assault. Via the Boston Globe.