It’s a beautiful afternoon here on the Central Coast, and I’m ready to let politics go for a couple days. But as always, there are a few stories and opinionated glories left in the queue:

* I didn’t even feel the temptation to go after Peggy Noonan this week, because Charles Pierce–who calls her Our Lady of the Dolphins–took care of that chore quite abundantly.

* Sen. Elizabeth Warren walking the walk on the Senate Banking Committee.

* TNR’s Jonathan Cohn notes that headline of “universal pre-K” for Obama proposal may be misleading, since administration wants to let states experiment with different approaches to early childhood education.

* At Ten Miles Square, Sarah Binder sorts through the various definitional issues surrounding the Hagel filibuster (and that’s what it is!).

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer argues that getting an undergraduate business degree is usually a bad idea.

And in non-political news:

* Damn, thought I had problems with the sometimes-perverse hi-fi in my head: a British woman reports she’s had “How Much Is That Doggie In the Window” stuck in her brain for three years. I mean, even if someone answered the question, there’s inflation to consider.

Sam Knight is in for Weekend Blogging tomorrow. As noted earlier, Monday is a federal holiday, so I’ll be blogging, but maybe not so early: a rare chance to watch all my favorite Sunday Night TV shows!

To end the week, here is the Godfather Of Soul once again, performing “Soul Power” in Kinshasa in 1974.

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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.