Closing with dispatch today because I have to cook a big pot of Brunswick Stew for a church group that had never heard of this exotic southern fare until the last time I served it. Now they have an addiction that must be fed.

Here are some final news/views items for the day:

* The night before John Hickenlooper signed two gun violence bills into law, the executive director of Colorado’s Department of Corrections was fatally gunned down at his own front door.

* PPP survey finds that Floridians support path to citizenship by 53/31 margin, but are very confused by the positions taken by Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush. Don’t much blame them.

* At The Atlantic, Elspeth Reeve provides fine sardonic taxonomy of Iraq War Support Apologies (many not actually apologies).

* At Ten Miles Square, Emily Menkes discusses the vast new avenues to data mining provided by the new, improved Facebook. This is a must-read for Facebook users.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer reminds us that state higher education spending cuts are the main reason for soaring tuition costs.

And in non-political news:

* Tiger ‘n’ Lindsey head up list of “sports power couples,” if that matters to you.

To close the day, here’s Spirit performing another great song from The Twelve Dreams of Doctor Sardonicus, “Animal Zoo,” in Detroit in 1993.

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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.