Sorry I spent so high a percentage of posts today just bashing conservatives (and their friends the Second Amendment absolutists). But sometimes they leave no choice. Here are some remainders of the day:

* Newark mayor Cory Booker, not waiting for Frank Lautenberg to retire, takes first formal step towards 2014 Senate race.

* Atlantic‘s Ta-Nehisi Coates mocks attempted cooptation of MLK by supporters of Gun Appreciation Day.

* WaPo’s Greg Sargent notes significance of Chamber’s Tom Donahue joining business leaders calling on GOP to stop taking debt limit hostage.

* At Ten Miles Square, Gregory Koger articulates progressive case against using “constitutional option” for filibuster reform.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer reports declining grad school enrollment product of reduced financial aid.

And in non-political news:

* Don’t know how deep the betting pool is on this stuff, but here’s one prominent set of predictions for Sunday’s Golden Globes.

The always-excellent Adele Stan is back for Weekend Blogging. I’ll sign off with some more Warren Zevon: a beautiful performance of “Desperadoes Under the Eaves” back in 1976, accompanied by some nice photos of the Excitable Boy.

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Ed Kilgore

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.