If I had the time or money, I’d cruise down the 101 to Hollywood right now to hang out at the Republican National Committee’s Spring Retreat and watch a lot of white men learn from highly paid consultants how to get down with minorities and women. Here’s a hint, for free: You might want to start by treating them as autonomous adults.

Anyhow, here are some final items of the day:

* Obama administration struggling to secure additional funds for Obamacare implementation. Won’t get much opposition cooperation for that, I’m afraid.

* At TAP, Gershom Gorenberg reports John Kerry is being just as serious in the follow-up to Obama’s Israeli-Palestinian peace initiatives as anyone could expect.

* Troubled Boeing not having much trouble getting series of corporate subsidies from Nikki Haley’s South Carolina.

* At Ten Miles Square, Sarah Binder tells story of apparently accidental House Hastert Rule “violation” created by late Heritage Action decision to “score” votes against minor spending bill for battlefield site preservation.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer notes research showing employers care little about college majors beyond a few specialties, despite recent efforts by conservative pols to reduce resources for “non-essential” programs on workforce development grounds.

And in non-political news:

* Right on time, a quick primer on spring allergies.

To end the day, here’s about the only live Fabulous Poodles performance I was able to find: a performance of “Cherchez La Femme” in (appropriately) Paris circa 1978. Wicked electric violin solo.

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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.