Publius is, hopefully only temporarily, retiring his blog, Legal Fiction, the best legal/political analysis of the past year and a half. That was the blog I first commented on, the blog that inspired me (and several others, including Eric Martin, Julie Saltman and johnybutter) to start my own blog, and the first blog to check in the morning. The comments were, for the most part intelligent and polite despite the whole range of political/ideological affinities of the commenters. This is the only blog that I actually went back and read through the archives - I suggest you do the same.
Now, my #2 becomes #1 - Pharyngula!