Wound up working reasonably hard today–but then again, I am not a veteran. Here are some remainders of the day:

* As Brother Benen notes, coal baron and maximum GOP backer Robert Murray of Ohio laying off workers out of post-election spite.

* The Hill‘s Christian Heinze reports the vote in supposed 2012 bellwether counties, many of which are no longer bellwethers.

* New Yorker‘s Jane Mayer explores political motives involved in unveiling of Petraeus scandal–which she doubts is a scandal at all.

* At Ten Miles Square, Harold Pollack wonders if in all the Republican reconsideration of the 2012 campaign, any GOPer is going to regret voter suppression.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer reports that pot legalization initiatives won’t have a very liberating effect on college students in the states involved.

* Passage of local ballot initiative in Los Angeles requiring porn actors to use condoms is roiling industry, which is threatening relocations.

And in non-political news:

* United Airlines offering turn-down service for first-class passengers on long-haul international flights.

Back tomorrow with full 12-post blogging service or the equivalent, regardless of your reader status.


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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.