I’m about talked out today. But here are a few final items:

* At Ten Miles Square, Harold Pollack suggests that this time we don’t put a mass murderer’s face on magazine covers or publish any ravings he happens to emit.

* Also at Ten Miles Square, Ezra Klein ruefully outlines the kind of constructive conservative candidate Mitt Romney might have been–but refused to be, and probably couldn’t be in today’s GOP.

* At Salon, Paul Campos–a Coloradan–hopes that the Aurora nightmare will help remind us that 15,000 Americans are murdered every year.

* At College Guide, Minjae Park runs through the debate over what to do with Joe Paterno’s statue at Penn State.

* At The Atlantic, Noah Berlatsky meditates on wealth, success, failure and envy in the context of the documentary, The Queen of Versailles.

And in non-political news:

* Boutique apologizes for “Kim K-inspired Aurora Dress” tweet.

That’s it for today. Kathleen Geier, who has a lot of fans here, will be back as Weekend Blogger tomorrow.

I’ll end the day’s blogging much as I started it: for the victims in Aurora, their families and friends, and our ever-stricken human race: the “Agnus Dei” from Mozart’s Requiem.

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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.