After a day of listening to people talk about a ho-hum House Republican Retreat, I’m ready for a retreat myself (just two days, though). Here are some final news items of the day and week:

* Voteview analyzes the president’s issue positions during his first term and adjudges him “the most ideologically moderate Democratic president in the post-war period.”

* House GOP threat to cut off congressional pay if budget resolutions not enacted within three months would appear to run athwart the 27th Amendment.

* Self-appointed arbiter of presidential greatness Peggy Noonan tells us again that Obama has disappointed her. That’s the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval so far as I’m concerned.

* At Ten Miles Square, John Sides shows there’s no correlation between higher entitlement spending and decreased trust in government, at least since early 1970s.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer expresses skepticism about the Cal State University system’s experiment in large-scale online courses for credit–in exchange for fees.

And in non-political news:

* Ozzy Osbourne loses ton o’ hair in house fire. Glad he’s still got it to lose.

Monday is a federal holiday, but also Inaugural Day, so PA will be active as events dictate, but maybe not so much early in the day.

Kathleen Geier is back for her first Weekend Blogging of 2013.

And here again are the Nighthawks kicking off the winter weekend with “Nine Below Zero.”


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.