I’m trying to enjoy that brief anxiety-free calendar space between National Signing Day and Ash Wednesday. But the political types just won’t let me.

Here are some remains of the day:

* Big shock: Catholic Bishops reject HHS compromise on contraception coverage mandate, but welcome further concessions–er, I mean “negotiations.”

* Code Pink protests temporarily halt Brennan hearings.

* At TNR, Tim Starks outlines Congress’ failure to exercise oversight of drones.

* At Ten Miles Square, John Sides notes that Obama’s allegedly liberal inaugural themes pretty popular generally.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer argues U.S. inequality a huge drag on American performance in international measurements of educational achievement.

And in non-political news:

* Connecticut woman draws down w/ semi-automatic weapon during parental dispute at Chuck E. Cheese.

To end the day, here again is the ever-blessed Lucinda Williams performing “Pineola” on VH1 in 2001.

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.