So as usual for federal holidays, we’re wrapping up blogging early to give you–and us–the opportunityto spend some quality Memorial Day time in peace and/or with friends and family. Here’s some pickins from the slim holiday news/views fare:

* Obama reiterates theme of turning “a page on a decade of conflict” in Memorial Day address at Arlington Cemetery.

* New York Times’ Robert Pear documents the frustrated efforts of lobbyists seeking “fixes” in Affordable Care Act.

* Salon‘s Alex Pareene examines MSNBC’s ratings woes, giving Morning Joe a fiery blast of scorn in passing.

* Texas legislature acts to close off possibility of Medicaid expansion.

* At Ten Miles Square, Roland Paris reviews the strategic lessons of the Afghanistan war.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer makes the case for major reform of the TRIO programs aimed at helping low-income students apply to and succeed in college.

And in non-political news:

* Long-time “hard-luck” NASCAR driver Tony Kanaan wins Indy 500 on twelfth try.

Keeping in mind that Memorial Day is not just a patriotic festival but a commemoration of those who died in war, here is a German choral performance of Joan Baez’s “Requiem.”

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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.