I like the Swamp (Chi Tribune) and First Read for information that's pretty coolly relayed.
Lynn Sweet is often interesting.
You must know about Marc Ambinder -- I find him one of the more dispassionate ones, but he also often has really good info.
I've gotten used to Kevin Drum's new format.
(I adore hilzoy, though you mention her already. After I again was analyzing the campaigns for my mom, she was pushing me to start my own blog, and I said "Hilzoy already occupies the me niche, but she has way more time.")
You're way more cool-headed, less bitingly, intensely caught up in it all than Hilzoy. I love the way she fleshes out everything in detail, she really does a nimh-job at things better than I could ever do. But her temperament has gotten more like Cyclo's than yours (sorry Cyclo).
I like Ambinder, yes. Bit too much inside baseball, looking for a scoop type stuff (hey, he's a journalist), but definitely meets all the criteria I listed here. And thanks for the reminder about First Read, I read it when I come across it but I should just add it to my bookmarks toolbar.
Never heard of Lynn Sweet, will look her up, thanks for the tip!