FROM THE BLOGS:

The real Barbara Mikulski
Slate’s David Weigel says the senator may be the “Last Great Defender of Liberalism.”
 
Lowering healthcare costs a losing battle
The American Conservative’s James P. Pinkerton breaks down the thorny costs versus value question.

U.S. Capitol building a beacon of white supremacy?
Mother Jones’ Tim Murphy looks at the leaders commemorated in Statuary Hall.
 
Ryan budget a return to conservatism for the GOP
The National Review’s Andrew Stiles on what the passage of the Ryan budget means for the Republican Party.


OTHER NEWS SOURCES:
 
Senate hawks pressure Obama on Syria
The Hill’s Carlos Muñoz reports on the senior members of the upper chamber calling for military action in Syria.
 
Ex-Romney chief to dig dirt on Dems
The Hill’s Cameron Joseph reports on America Rising, the new GOP opposition research firm headed by Mitt Romney’s former campaign manager.