Got some good news about my father’s health, so I end this day in a fine mood. Here are some remainders of the day:

* Obama declares today National Equal Pay Day, a good idea for every day.

* Obama also makes three appointments to National Labor Relations Board in wake of court decision invalidating recess appointments. Real shame we can’t have filibuster reform to make confirmation of these nominees possible.

* Once again, Pat Robertson (who really needs to retire) calls down divine wrath on someone daring to propose Middle East peace talks, this time Secretary of State John Kerry.

* Well, so much for any hope of getting them all: Mark Pryor reiterates his opposition to same-sex marriage rights. Nor does he speak of his views “evolving,” though that may be because someone in Arkansas might accuse him of creeping Darwinism.

* At Ten Miles Square, Jonathan Bernstein credits Thatcher for expanding elite appreciation of market economics.

* At College Guide, Keith Humphreys discusses the elite university admissions “arms race” in which applicants and their families are expected to prove worthiness more every year.

And in non-political news:

* The most famous Mouseketeer of them all (at least for being a Mouseketeer), Annette Funicello, dies at 70.

To end the day, here again is Rachid Taha, with an infectious tune called “Ya Raha,” from 1997.


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.