Nothing like a quick romp through Tudor history to bring the day to a close! But here are some news leftovers:

* No surprise here, but worth noting that Gallup reports 82% of U.S. Catholics find birth control “morally acceptable.” I doubt they are talking about the rhythm method.

* At WSJ’s MarketWatch, Rex Nutting notes that federal spending since Obama got hold of the wheel has risen at slowest pace since Ike’s first term.

* At Ten Miles Square, Jonathan Bernstein discusses rising age of incoming senators in recent years.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer assesses five different avenues for dealing with out-of-control student loan debt.

* At TNR, Tim Noah shreds David Brooks’ argument that private equity firms like Bain represent a “reform movement.”

And in non-political news:

* Inventor of TV remote control device dies at 96.

Back tomorrow morning, hoping that Bookergate will be gone for good, along with all these defenses of Bain Capitol as a place filled with the milk of human kindness.


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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.