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• That President Obama has failed to place a single judge on the nation’s second most important court, the D.C. circuit court of appeals? (Four of the 11 seats are vacant; Republican filibusters are the main culprit.) Steve Bogira

• About what it’s like to re-report Bob Woodward’s book on John Belushi? (Short answer: you report the same facts, but without adding your own interpretation to them.) Tal Rosenberg

• John Greenfield on why the State Street pedestrian mall was a “failure”? —John Dunlevy

Prospect magazine’s starstruck portrait of Garry Wills (crab cakes!)? Kate Schmidt

• That Snoop Dogg would like to burn one down with a couple of presidential types? Mick Dumke

• About the dad who hacked Donkey Kong so his daughter could play as a girl character? Aimee Levitt