Resolution to wrap up blogging by 6:00 p.m. EDT fails, once again. But there are some scraps still on the table:

* Quoth T. Boone Pickens: “The biggest deterrent to an energy plan in America is Koch Industries.”

* No surprise, but interesting to know for sure: Weslyan Media Project study shows political ads this cycle astronomically more negative than in 2008, with Super PACs leading the way in bile.

* United Methodist convention approves resolution denouncing Israeli occupation and settlements in West Bank, but votes down resolutions calling for disinvestment in companies selling equipment used to enforce occupation.

* At TAP, Gershom Gorenberg reports Netanyahu government casually sanctions three settlements in West Bank that broke 1992 freeze-on-new-settlements agreement.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer notes student loan debt becoming significant bar to Catholic religious vocations.

And in non-political news:

* Edvard Munch’s “The Scream” sells for $120 million.

I’m battening down the hatches for tomorrow morning’s April Jobs Report. See you then.


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.