Interesting how a day with little or no actual political news can sometimes generate plenty to talk about. And I didn’t even have to get into the Fake Krugman Bankruptcy story!

Anyway, here are a few final items:

* Judge blocks Big Sugary Drink Ban in NYC a day before it takes effect, ruling it “arbitrary and capricious.”

* National Review‘s Andrew Stiles pens hagiographical piece on trio RCP link headline touts as the “Three Amigos of the Constitution,” Paul, Lee and Cruz. Get used to it.

* The Atlantic‘s Andrew Cohen explains in detail how the sequester will slow down already inefficient federal court system.

* At Ten Miles Square, Rhiannon Kirkland examines Marco Rubio’s dubious hip-hop name-checking.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer notes we could cover tuition costs at every public college and university if not for our vast subsidies to private institutions.

And in sorta non-political news:

* National Catholic Reporter‘s John Allen provides detailed profiles of the three American cardinals who have some chance of becoming Pope.

Okay, one final dose of Prog before we move on to other kinds of music the rest of this week: here’s the current lineup of Yes performing the band’s famous cover of Paul Simon’s “America,” in Tampa last year. The Howe/Squire guitar break that begins at around the 6:00 mark and runs for three minutes remains phenomenal. Wish the boys had performed it last night, but can’t have everything.


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.