Could watch the NBA playoffs tonight, but think I’d rather read a book. Maybe I’ll download Jamie Malanowski’s Book of Levon.

Here are some remains of the news day:

* Another potential GOP Senate candidate in Iowa, Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds, has sworn off the race, which is interesting given the insider buzz suggesting that Steve King is leaning against a bid as well.

* Ramesh Ponnuru offers rare conservative attack on “guest worker” provisions of Gang of Eight bill.

* New Gallup survey continues to show HRC with unparalleled name ID and popularity (64-31 favorable/unfavorable ratio). Interestingly, 13% of respondents say they’ve never heard of John Kerry.

* At Ten Miles Square, Ryan Cooper argues that climate change, which involves self-preservation of our own species, ought to be more compelling than “environmental issues.”

* Also at Ten Miles Square, Joshua Tucker explores theory that Syria, not Chechnya, at root of Tsarnaev’s terrorist acts.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer reports that college admissions officers continue to think student application essays are on the whole really bad.

And in non-political news:

* Employment website ranks worst jobs in terms of employment opportunities, pay and work load, and “newspaper reporter” winds up at absolute bottom.

On that note of cheer to journalists everywhere, let’s end the day with a look down into the abyss, where we find Iggy Pop (again in a Letterman appearance in 1986) performing “Home” for those in danger of lacking one.


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.