Well, the pop-up ad problem has gotten better (at least if you refresh the page), and we’re still working on it, so again, thanks for everyone’s patience.

Here are some final reads for the week:

* Digby has some bad news about Mark Zuckerberg’s politics.

* ThinkProgress has a handy list of programs and services that Congress has not protected from sequestration.

* Obama pretty unambiguous in speech to Planned Parenthood about defending the group and denouncing GOP “assault on women’s rights” in the states.

* Interesting story from Montana about the battle within that state’s Republican Party.

* At Ten Miles Square, Andrew Gelman discusses new research on the impact of Twitter on actual voting.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer commemorates the 30th anniversary of the publication of A Nation At Risk by arguing that we still aren’t dealing with the biggest education problem: poverty.

And in non-political news:

* Big Sur Marathon, with 9,000 participants, will be held this weekend, with an upgraded security plan.

That’s it for me this week. Kathleen Geier will be back for Weekend Blogging. And instead of another serving of Steve Miller (don’t worry: I’ll do that some other time), let’s end the week with George Jones and Vestal Goodman performing the song I posted last year when my stepfather died: “Angel Band.”


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.