Another week under way, with most of the Beltway talk looking back at the Supremes’ same-sex marriage fiesta, or forward to the gun and immigration melees in Congress after its return. Perhaps we can live in the present someday soon.

Here are some final items of the day:

* Seems Dolly Parton, Pitbull, and Lady Gaga all turned down lucrative offers to perform at the 2012 Republican National Convention. Gaga spurned this bad romance even though it woud have reportedly paid her a cool million.

* Sen. Bob Casey announces support for marriage equality, reducing number of Democratic senators who haven’t done so to eight.

* At Lawyers, Guns & Money, Robert Farley argues timeliness of blogging worth as much to political science as peer-review system for academic quality.

* At Ten Miles Square, John Sides argues fundamentals–which can’t be “rebooted”–main reason for Romney loss in 2012.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer provides what appear to be three April Fool’s stories. In real higher education news from the weekend, he reports on Boston College’s condom distribution ban.

And in non-political news:

* In roundup of baseball park concession prices, it seems the New York Mets’ Citi Field pay the most for your basic hot dog ($6.25), Reds fans the least (a buck).

Think I’ve made it through the day without falling prey to any April Fool’s pranks. If not, well, hope you had a good laugh.

To close the day here’s a song that I used to sing when thinking about certain less-than-cerebral Members of Congress: The Beatles’ “Fool on the Hill.”


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.