Thanks to a week divided between blogging and service to the California Justice System, I am happy to reach Friday afternoon. But here are some additional items you might find of interest:

* Bill O’Reilly thinks Glee will make “dopey kids” turn gay or even identify as transgendered. Boy, Olbermann would have had fun with that one!

* Mitch Daniels says Mitt too negative, probably moving himself beyond the “bubble” in the Veepstakes.

* Unemployment dropping sharply in ultimate 2012 battleground states of Florida and Ohio.

* TPM’s Carl Franzen examines the politics and policy of California’s on-again, off-again, high-speed rail project.

* Syrian regime not exactly complying with “truce,” as troops fire on protesters and 57 people die today alone.

And in non-political news:

* As Blue Girl reported, Political Animal friend C U N D Gulag lost his father today. Keep him in your thoughts and prayers.

Adele Stan returns for weekend blogging. Since she may be tied up a bit tomorrow morning, I may fill in with a post or two.


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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.