Used to be a time when ending work on Friday night meant something more exciting than a nap. But I’m trying to “live in the present,” so I’ll be snoozing soon.

Here are some final items of a herky-jerky day:

* One of the worst “news” articles I’ve seen this year: Daily Caller claims DHS persecuting conservatives but protecting Shariah Law advocates. Looks like something out of a Gingrich ’12 campaign flier.

* If you missed it, check out New York Times piece on insurance shenanigans that helped give Bayonne Medical Center the highest medical procedure prices of any hospital in America.

* Elizabeth Warren blasts House Committee action approving rollback of regulations governing derivatives.

* At Ten Miles Square, John Sides discusses research showing majority of “civil unions” supporters now conservatives, which is a big change from a decade ago.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer examines the unhappy Chilean precedent for privatized education.

And in non-political news:

* In case you want to run for the border on the way to work, Taco Bell is testing a breakfast menu including, of course, a waffle taco.


So that’s it for the day. Kathleen Geier will be back in for weekend blogging. Let’s close shop with another fine Curtis Mayfield performance: “Keep On Keeping On,” from 1972.

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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.