It’s been a long, difficult week here at PA, and I appreciate the patience readers (and editors) have had with me during an extended family medical emergency (or two). But no matter how exhausted we all are, there’s always more to read and talk about:

* At Ten Miles Square, John Sides shows empirically that if there is any media bias in the presidential race, it has benefitted Mitt Romney–not every day, but overall, and it’s not close.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer evaluates a much-discussed New York Times story on cities with shortages of college graduates.

* At TAP, Jamelle Bouie wonders if the indifference of Massachusetts voters to Elizabeth Warren’s “native American” status will ever convince political reporters to stop writing endlessly about it.

* At the Times Literary Supplement, David Garland reviews The Collapse of American Criminal Justice, a massive indictment of our system of “racialized mass imprisonment.”

* Nate Silver offers some perspective of what the May jobs report actually means politically: it’s all about what happens next.

And in non-political news:

* “Battleship” second straight box office disaster for Universal.

That’s all folks! Matthew Zeitlin will be back for weekend blogging tomorrow and Sunday. I devoutly hope things are looking up all around by Monday.


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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.