Don’t know why I tend to do big ponderous think-posts like the last one late in the day; let’s blame it on the time zone issue.

In any event, before my blogging headache gets worse, here are some final items of a fairly busy day:

* National Review‘s Robert Costa, who knows his Republicans, gives an inside look at the wellsprings of Rand Paul’s presidential campaign.

* Daily Beast fires Howard Kurtz for crummy reporting on Jason Collins case–and general negligence towards his job.

* West Virginia accepts Medicaid expansion; Florida legislature about to adjourn without taking action.

* At Ten Miles Square, Jonathan Zasloff reports on the latest efforts by agribusiness lobbyists to stop food aid reforms.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer warns the backlash against standards-based education reform is reaching critical mass–with no real strategy for replacing it in sight.

And in non-political news:

* Hines Ward says he would support any gay football player who decided to come out–but the League “not ready.” Depressing.

So let’s close the day with a different version of “Shady Grove,” by Quicksilver Messenger Service, from the 1969 album of that same name:

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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.