This being a Friday, and a religious holiday for many of us, I’m bringing today’s blogging to an early close after eleven posts. This step will also enable me to make my flight back home to California.

Here are some final items of the day:

* A new Harvard report suggests that the final combined U.S. price tag for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan will be between $4-6 trillion dollars.

* NPR cancelling mid-day Talk of the Nation call-in show after 21 years.

* Paul Waldman suggests complaints of conservatives that their tender sensitivities and fragile marriages will be impaired by marriage equality is comparable to George Constanza’s famous break-up line: “It’s not you; it’s me.”

* At Ten Miles Square, Jonathan Bernstein reminds us in comparing the different trajectories of gun control and marriage equality that “public opinion” is a political asset only when it’s active and mobilized.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer discusses the debate in Texas over limiting the number of standardized tests required of students.

And in non-political news:

* American Airlines bribing passengers to check bags with priority boarding for those without carryons.

Kathleen Geier will be back for Weekend Blogging.

To close weekday blogging this Holy Week, here’s the final chorus from the St. Matthew Passion.

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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.