It’s been a long day full of time-consuming distractions. Here’s what I’ve got in the way of leftovers and late news:

* Like Odysseus lashed to the mast, Boehner vows he will no longer listen to Siren Song offering one-on-one negotiations with the president.

* Christie joins other northeastern GOPers in blasting their party’s House Caucus for its Sandy Funding Fail.

* Reid announces extended-first-day-of-session gambit to delay deadline for filibuster reform.

* At Ten Miles Square, Jonathan Bernstein criticizes the standard liberal and conservative takes on the enactment of Obamacare.

* At College Guide, Richard Vedder questions the value of U.S. college-based research.

And in non-political news:

* Kobe Bryant calls his Lakers an “old damn team.”

I can relate, Kobe. Seeing that “2013” at the top of the newspapers and web sites makes me feel damn old, too.

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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.