Band-Aid Over the Bullet Wound: After nearly four months of constant work, Democratically controlled state legislature balances budget—using a hodgepodge of temporary taxes on beer, soda, cigarettes, and other products and services—but fails to find any long-range solutions, like passing an income tax, taxing the wealthiest people and corporations, or repairing the state's regressive taxing structure.

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This Was Inevitable: Twitter plans to start tweeting ads:

You will start to see Tweets promoted by our partner advertisers called out at the top of some Twitter.com search results pages. ... Once this is done, we plan to allow Promoted Tweets to be shown by Twitter clients and other ecosystem partners and to expand beyond Twitter search, including displaying relevant Promoted Tweets in your timelines in a way that is useful to you.

"Determined to Take the Right Path for Alaska": Since leaving job as Alaska's governor, Sarah Palin has made over $12 million—more than ten times her former salary.

What a Guy: Lieberman thrilled that Republicans have more power. "Now, all of a sudden, the momentum is with the Republicans. And that's — thank God — that's the way people have spoken, you know?" he said.

Nuke 'Em: Obama calls on nations to destroy stockpiles of nuclear materials.

Activist Judges: Dems plan to turn around right-wing rhetoric against conservatives in selection of next Supreme Court justice.

Threatening a Filibuster: GOP says financial reforms as proposed by Obama would make things worse by leaving large institutions intact.

Excel! Group alleges that Microsoft hires teens in China to work in sweatshop conditions.

Dorms: UW to begin constructing $850 million in new housing on campus. The university has grown by 5,000 students in the last decade.

Mariners Still Suck: They sucked last night, they sucked in their first games this season, they sucked last year. When have they ever not sucked? (UPDATE: In comments, Peter F answers my "ignorant question" by citing four years out of the Mariners' 33 seasons—1995, 1997, 2000 and 2001—when the team didn't suck. To be fair, the Mariners suck only 85 percent of the time.)

Let's Get OBOWMA-gate Out of the Way: Teabaggers lose their shit because Obama bowed slightly to the Chinese president. On Fox News, the pundits couldn't figure out why: "A measure of respect to an Asian leader? Help us out, what is it?" One bobblehead's theory: "Most of the leaders that he bows to are no taller than an end table."

Never Mind: Fox's own poll that found most Americans think it's appropriate for the president to bow to a foreign leader.