I learned a few new things from today’s Thatcher-fest, but it mostly brought back bad old memories. I wish her eternal rest, but plan to take a rest myself from further reminiscences unless something really unusual comes up.

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

* Liz Cheney, last seen authoring an op-ed that managed to be both crazy and tedious, said to be seriously eyeing a Senate race in Wyoming.

* New York‘s Andrew Rice explains Buzzfeed‘s formula for traffic and dollars.

* With Tim Johnson endorsing marriage equality, Senate Dem holdouts down to what may be the irreducible minimum: Landrieu, Manchin and Pryor.

* At Ten Miles Square, Seth Masket cites research showing party endorsements had a big impact in California’s “non-partisan” Top Two primaries in 2012.

* At College Guide, Andrew Gelman pours scorn on David Brooks’ column on online education.

And in non-political news:

* JC Penney goes through revolving doors, ousting CEO (stocks went up) but replacing him with predecessor (stocks go down).

That’s it for the day. I didn’t get to a post taking rare issue with my friend Jonathan Bernstein on the GOP’s “problem” as a “broken party,” but will tomorrow.

Meanwhile, to end the day, here again is the Sir Douglas Quintet, this time being interviewed by Hugh Hefner before performing “Mendocino” on the ever-cheesy Playboy After Dark in 1969.

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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.