Thanks to Daniel Luzer for getting a solid post in while I dealt with a church obligation.

I’m sure we’ll have more goodies from CPAC tomorrow, but I’m hoping for a bit more actual news. Here are some remainders from this day:

* At TNR, Michael Sean Winters says Pope Francis serious about poverty as challenge to Christians, but has no particular background in church reform.

* Weigel reports CPAC had to resort to clip art to get images of minority folk on their platform backdrop.

* At The Atlantic, Greg Hittelman makes case for global arms-trade treaty.

* At Ten Miles Square, Jonathan Bernstein endorses Matt Yglesias’ call for “automatic stabilizer” fund available to states in a recession.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer discusses California’s perilous new experiment in Massive Open Online Courses for college credit, to which it has been driven by inadequate community college capacity.

And in non-political news:

* College Basketball’s “championship week” intensifies with big conference tournaments. My Georgia Bulldogs knocked out in first round of SEC while I sat here blogging and missing the sad show.

Here’s Iggy Pop again to close the day, performing “Neon Forest” live in Paris.

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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.