* Jonathan Bernstein explains why a balanced budget amendment would be a bad idea.
* 'Obama's (counterproductive) war on leaks.'
* Follow-up: five cops convicted in post-Katrina shootings.
* Follow-up: no, American torture did not lead to us finding bin Laden.
* Kevin Drum notes Obama is both a liberal and a conservative.
* An author on writing about crime in a racially-divided city like DC.
* NASA conducting a big new study on air pollution.
* Three facts about biofuels.
* NBC is still looking to turn things around.