* Dow, NASDAQ take off to pre-financial-crisis levels.

* Republican senators join lawsuit over Obama recess appointments. Good time to take another look at comparative chart of recess appointments by recent presidents: Obama well below Bush, far below Reagan.

* David Leonhardt takes first look at 2016 Democratic contest. Oh, brother.

* Jan Brewer distances herself from AZ GOP legislators’ union-bashing bills, says she has her own union-bashing agenda.

* Campaigning in Nevada, Gingrich refused to comment on jobs report, saying he hadn’t seen it. Somebody needs to tell Newt about this cool thing called the Internet, which you can get on your cell phone.

* Matt Yglesias charts long hard path from good jobs report to full employment.

* Disgraced gay-bashing Atlanta “Bishop” now claims to be “Rabbi” and “King.”

* Seems there is a big pro football game on Sunday, featuring, I think, the Yankees and the Red Sox, and some new British singer. For me, strictly a college football fan, it’s the best time to go grocery shopping.

Good news for Weekend Blogging: sitting in Saturday and Sunday we have Rich Yeselson, a long-time labor movement activist who has written for WaPo’s Wonkblog and TAP, and whose behind-the-scenes influence once led him to be dubbed the “Zelig of the American intellectual Left.” Please give Rich your courteous and undivided attention.

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Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.