I’m writing this from a physician’s office, where I’m waiting to see if I can get a good antibiotic to deal with the Galluping Never-Get-Overs.

Here are some final items of the day:

* Obama formally creates Presidential Commission on Elections, headed by Bob Bauer and Ben Ginsberg, as promised in the SOTU Address. Don’t much think it will work better than the last one, but we can hope.

* Another maybe-better-than-nothing item: Commerce Department revises 4th Quarter 2012 GDP growth estimate from 0.1% to 0.4%.

* At Wonkblog Sarah Kliff posts a handy-dandy map of state abortion restrictions.

* At Ten Miles Square, Jonathan Bernstein exposes and explodes a Heritage Foundation myth about Obamacare costs.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer reports on legislation in Tennessee, that great social-conservative experiment station, to make steep reductions in welfare payments to parents who miss parent-teacher conferences.

And in non-political news:

* Baba Wawa to retire from broadcasting at the age of 83.

To close the day, here again is Van Morrison, performing “And It Stoned Me” at the Montreux Jazz Festival back in 1980.

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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.