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.

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.