Aside from everything else going on, it’s High Spring Allergy Season here and in many parts of the country, and I’m suffering from that wonderful combo platter of sinus congestion and a runny nose, which is also producing some spectacular sneezing fits. If the blogging gets ragged later this week, that will probably explain it.

But for now, here are some final news items:

* Really bad choice of examples for Rep. Jack Kingston (R-GA), expected to be Senate candidate in 2014: last year he urged cash-strapped National Guard to stop covering nonessential events like the Boston Marathon.

* CNN reports high administration official disclosing there’s no intelligence indicating any “foreign connection” to Boston bombings.

* TPM’s Benjy Sarlin examines details of Gang of Eight immigration bill (just released), and reports its “path to citizenship” is real. White-nuckle time for Marco Rubio!

* At Ten Miles Square, Jamie Malanowski cites Roger Ebert, Levon Helm and Sixto Rodriquez as true American role models.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer reports lower Pell Grant costs–because fewer recipients can afford college even with Pell Grants.

And in non-political news:

* Apple, Amazon, Caterpillar, and Staples top list of “surprising” companies facing reduced quarterly earnings.

Before we return to our usual type of musical fare tomorrow (barring unforeseen events), here’s some more Gabrieli, whose Magnificat For 14 Voices is performed by young musicians of the Académie Baroque Européenne d’Ambronay in 2008.

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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.