Loved the shortened work week (four-and-a-half days for me). I’m beginning to understand why workers loved, and capitalists hated, all those medieval feast days.

I do kinda wish I’d stop publishing big thumb-sucking posts late on Fridays (like today’s meditation on Douthat), when readers are mostly seeking mental laxatives.

But that’s my job. Here are some final items:

* Much-maligned “secret taper” of Mitch McConnell meeting with political advisors defends himself at Salon.

* TAP’s Matthew Duss provides round-up of Republican objections to ending of Global War On Terror.

* The Atlantic‘s Garance Franke-Ruta explodes “scandal” over frequent visits (or more accurately, frequent clearances to visit) White House by former IRS commissioner.

* At Ten Miles Square, James Wimberly reports on Paul Volcker’s effort to put the “administration” back into schools of public administration.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer gets impatient at Obama’s annual campaign to hold down interest rates on student loans–instead of dealing with broader problems with student loans and debt.

And in non-political news:

* Feature on “7 Bad-Mood-Busting Foods” somehow misses ice cream and hooch, not to mention hooch-drenched ice cream. Go figure.

Enough with politics for the day. Ryan Cooper will be on duty for weekend blogging. Let’s wrap up with another studded belt from the Sex Pistols: “Problems,” performed in Sweden in 1977. Just let ’em all go.


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.