As expected, not a great day to be a progressive American. But hope springs eternal. Here are some spare parts of news:

* Stateline’s Josh Goodman spotlights conservative effort to purge Florida Supreme Court justices.

* At Ten Miles Square, Don Taylor suggests that in an effort to appeal to middle-class voters, health care reform advocates may have foregone the moral power of the case for the uninsured.

* More for Threnodic Thursday: House vote on resolution charging Attorney General with contempt of Congress scheduled for June 28.

* At College Guide, Danny Vinik argues only big civil awards against Penn State can deter future abusers.

* OMG! Presidential primaries end tomorrow in Utah, and I almost didn’t notice! In real Utah race, Orrin Hatch heavily favored.

And in non-political news:

* Olive Garden “Taste of Tuscany” promotion deemed a failure. Red Lobster feels collateral damage.

Now time to forget about politics for a few hours.


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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.