With the assistance of DayQuil, managed to get through the day without breaking down and crawling under the covers. Here are some final items of a relatively busy day:

* Pentagon announces 2-week delay in mass furloughs of civilian employees until such time as it can explore the options provided in the just-enacted continuing resolution. CR also requires cancellation of postal service plan to end Saturday delivery.

* Q-Pac survey shows HRC stomping Jeb Bush (51-40) and Marco Rubio (52-41) in 2016 test heats in Florida.

* The title of Krugman’s post on the Cyprus crisis says it all: “The Sum of All FUBAR.”

* At Ten Miles Square, Erik Voeten discusses European Court of Justice case involving gay asylum-seekers which asks: how do you know if someone is gay?

* At College Guide, Keith Humphreys reports an academic publisher is about to let schools buy the individual chapters they actually need in big, omnibus books.

And in non-political news:

* Late turnover spoils Davidson’s bid for first NCAA Tourney upset against Marquette.

To close the day, here again is a jolt from Gil Scott-Heron (with the Last Poets) performing “New York, New York” in 1970. (Warning: non-family friendly, but real, language!).

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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.