‘Twas a livelier week that it looked to be initially, what with the slow-moving riot of the sequester deadening news for a while. Here are some final news/view items of the day and week:

* Chait provides full-context mocking of James K. Glassman for never-say-die renewal of Dow 36,000 prophecy.

* David Corn reports Rand Paul immediately capitalizing on filibuster with fundraising missives.

* Should have noted this earlier today: the president who signed DOMA into law now calls on Supremes to declare it unconstitutional.

* At Ten Miles Square, Jonathan Bernstein, that staunch critics of the value of “talking filibuster” requirements, offers his assessment of the Paul filibuster.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer assesses a Progressive Policy Institute proposal on addressing student debt levels.

And in non-political news:

* At New York Times Magazine, Maxine Swann tells cautionary tale of a Chapel Hill physics professor now in an Argentine prison after online dating incident gone horribly awry. Kinda like Big Bang Theory meets Midnight Express.

Okay, time for the weekend to get under way. Our own Ryan Cooper will be on blogging duty tomorrow and Sunday. But for now, here’s Robert Earl Keen again, kicking it with “Corpus Christi Bay” in New Braunfels in 2011.


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.