I plan to watch a fair amount of television over the weekend, and for once, I will have no fear it will provide less intellectual stimulation than the preceding week in politics.

Here are some remainders of the day and week:

* Matt Yglesias has a very good gloss on Steven Brill’s vast TIME cover piece on health care costs.

* Democrats at least temporarily lose legislative super-majority in California as a senator resigns.

* Sexytime at the FBI (an internal report). Sexytime at the CIA (a TNR piece on “Spooky Sex”). Must be close to political sweeps week!

* At TMS, Aaron Carroll questions conservative admiration for the Swiss health care system.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer warns enthusiasts for online college courses often pols who dislike public higher education from the get-go.

* Moody’s downgrades credit rating of austerity-mad UK government.

And in non-political news:

* Interesting existentialist discussion of whether reviewers who stared at blank screen during aborted Dark Skies showing actually saw Dark Skies.

Won’t belabor my happiness at this week’s end, but will turn the keys over the Kathleen Geir–who often sees angles I don’t see–for the weekend.

I started the day with the original “Sweet Soul Music.” Here’s a cover from The Jam, recorded in 1981.

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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.