Raced through so many posts early this afternoon that I’m actually wrapping up a few minutes early for a change, with a couple of ideas for early tomorrow rattling around the noggin. For now, here are some odds and ends, big and little:

* Lyle Denniston’s analysis of VRA oral argument a bit more optimistic than most in suggesting Justice Kennedy might find way to uphold Section 5 in some form, just as he did last time the Supremes heard this kind of case. We’ll just have to wait and see, and marvel at Kennedy’s power.

* At TNR Marin Cogan discusses the perils of the “source-date,” a.k.a. old men in politics misunderstanding friendly curiosity from female journalists as romantic or sexual interest.

* WaPo’s Greg Sargent reports GOP actually losing ground in public opinion despite alleged post-election “makeovers.”

* At Ten Miles Square, Aaron Carroll debunks Jeff Sessions’s spin on GAO study estimating long-term cost of Obamacare.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer evaluates impact of sequester on colleges and college students. It’s pretty bad.

And in non-political news:

* Shocker: British study shows people consistently under-estimate how much they drink.

To usher you into the evening, here again is Apocalyptica covering “Enter Sandman” live in Dusseldorf.

Or perhaps you’d prefer the original Metallica version as enjoyed by Virginia Tech football fans in their regular pre-game ritual:


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.