I’m tempted to use one of the day’s-end salutations with which I often hailed my startled colleagues when I worked inside the Beltway: “Another fine day in the Kingdom of Satan.” But I won’t do that. Here are some random news leftovers:

* The Hill reports, with presumably unintentional humor, that “tensions are rising” among Court-watchers as SCOTUS delays ObamaCare decision until last week of term.

* Rep. Joe Walsh (R-IL), no relation to the former James Gang rocker, tells Mitt Romney he should begin glorying in his wealth.

* Equally hilarious: Speaker John Boehner warns House GOPers not to “spike the ball” if SCOTUS strikes down ObamaCare. Awww, c’mon, John, how’s about at least a round of shooters? Meanwhile, Hoosier Senate candidate Richard Mourdock jumps the gun.

* As Froomkin reports, nearly two-thirds of Republicans still think Iraq had WMD when U.S. invaded.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer evaluates obsession of UVa donors with “computer college” fool’s gold.

* Jay Rockefeller bucks WVA orthodoxy by resisting bill to gut limits on mercury emissions by coal industry.

And in sorta non-political news:

* Stocks plunge due to–you guessed it–global economic jitters.

I hope to be full of peace, joy and light tomorrow, blogging on a cloud of good will. But don’t count on it.


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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.