Boy, the news finally picked up, didn’t it? Here’s some final notes:

* Yesterday I complained about the lack of consistent interest in DC in state and local developments. That’s obviously not a problem out in the heartland, as evidenced by this beautifully angry outburst at the Missouri legislature by our good friend Blue Girl. You go, girl!

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer notes with interest that some law schools are beginning to reduce enrollments, partly because applicants are realizing there may be no jobs when they graduate.

* Greg Sargent reports on last week of campaigning for and against North Carolina’s Amendment One; initiative still leading in polls, but “anti” group much better organized.

* Kevin Drum offers wise and funny guidance on when to write about crazy talk by crazy people.

* TPM’s Erich Lach summarizes key findings of British parliamentary report on News Corp.’s phone-hacking scandal.

And in non-political news:

* Levi Johnston’s second child will be named Breeze Baretta, and yes, the middle name commemorates a brand of gun.

I’ve got a new TNR column coming out at midnight on the should-Obama-campaign-as-a-populist debate (Geoffrey Kabaservice has the first installment of this colloquoy today), so if you’re up late, give it a gander.


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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.