As noted, we’re wrapping things up a bit early today, but not without a few leftover items:

* BuzzFeed’s Zeke Miller offers a fascinating profile of Romney’s “SWAT Team” of primary staffers who slash and burn their way through states and leave little behind.

* Gallup has another unsurprising report on race and varying perspectives of the Trayvon Martin killing.

* Santorum backers push for change of May 29 Texas primary to a winner-take-all contest; RNC says it ain’t happening.

* Justice Clarence Thomas loudly defends his near-legendary silence during oral arguments. For once, I sort of wish he were right.

* Lawrence Tribe weighs in on 5th Circuit panel’s “shocking departure from norms of judicial behavior.”

And in non-political news:

* Some nice photos of springtime scenes from around the world.

Wunderkind Matthew Zeitlin returns for another guest-blogging stint this weekend. Please welcome him back.

And to those engaging in special religious services this weekend: Happy Passover and Happy Easter!

See everyone next week.

Ed Kilgore

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.