Lotta interruptions to blogging today. Maybe tomorrow I’ll cut off the phone and ignore the doorbell.

Here are some final items of the day:

* Supreme Court accepts first case in thirty years involving public prayers at government meetings. Except the howling from the Christian Right to begin commencing momentarily.

* The small world of former Romney ’12 foreign policy advisors roiled by new ebook from colleague alleging chaos and indifference to substance.

* Rep. Jason Chaffetz, deputy to Darrell Issa with primary responsibility for Benghazi!, dances around the “I-word,” but won’t dismiss it.

* At Ten Miles Square, John Sides throws cold water on idea that 501(c)(4) controversy could lead to big-picture campaign finance reforms.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer looks at Conde Nast College of Fashion and Design as school that combines high cost and almost no vocational value.

And in non-political news:

* Ray Manzarek, co-founder of The Doors, dies at 74, outliving Jim Morrison by more than three decades. I’ll have a video tribute tomorrow morning.

To close the day, here’s Manfred Mann’s Earth Band performing “Buddha” on German television in 1974. This tune was on the first album I bought to check out my very first real stereo system.

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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.