Boy, the news cycle really picked up this afternoon, didn’t it? And I’ll bet a lot of regular readers were off dealing with their lives and planning (or beginning) their weekends. You hard-core PA junkies will have the final tidbits all to yourselves:

* Santorum endorses Hatch primary opponent in Utah. Maybe he doesn’t want to be HHS Secretary after all.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer notes Arne Duncan is criticizing tuition-raising public colleges as well as perennial high-cost private schools.

* In an article posted apparently just before he went to the Rose Garden and heckled the president, DC’s Neil Munro rages against Obama’s alleged efforts to “downplay” the DREAM Lite initiative. Wrong again, jackass: this is a master political coup, and you know it.

* Obama’s stopped calling Romney “Governor.” Well, if Mitt’s going to pretend his governorship never happened, why should his opponent dignify its existence?

* Speaking of Mitt: Obama’s immigration initiative did indeed partially smoke Romney out: he’s now totally with Marco Rubio in accepting permanent presence of some of the undocumented.

* Culture wars redux: Glenn Beck vows to destroy Glee, apparently via competition. That should be fun.

And in non-political news:

* Jenny McCarthy accidentally sends nude pix intended for boyfriend–to her dentist. Chelsea Handler will have great sport with that incident.

That’s it for a week that began sad and bad and is now concluding semi-normally. Tomorrow we will welcome a new voice to our weekend rotation: Randolph Brickey, who’s written for Campus Progress, the Boston Globe, and our own College Guide, and is now an attorney in a solo practice in NoVa. Please welcome him warmly to PA.

And on Sunday, Elon Green will be back.

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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.