Good to get back to the normally abnormal blogging schedule. Next live-blogging may not happen until fall elections, unless it’s possible to live-blog a government shutdown.

Here are some remainders from the day’s news:

* Senate Republicans are insisting on 60-vote threshold for confirmation of, but just don’t want to call it a “filibuster.”

* Likewise, Rand Paul is putting “hold” on Brennan nomination, which amounts to the same thing.

* Scott Brown to make debut as Fox News gabber on Hannity’s show tonight.

* At Ten Miles Square, Henry Farrell examines the U.S. welfare state as compared to that of similarly wealthy countries, and notes it is hardly “redistributive.”

* At College Guide, Peter Orszag makes the macroeconomic case for expanding access to college.

And in non-political news:

* National Catholic Reporter‘s John Allen suggests absence of “funeral effect” overshadowing election of next Pope makes departure from Benedict XVI’s policies more likely.

On that optimistic note, here’s David Bowie again, performing “Changes” in Paris in 2002.


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.