Lotta political news for a change. I’m sure it won’t last, but for now it’s nice. Here are some final items of the day:

* Immigration bill predictably clears first hurdle in Senate, the motion to proceed, by 82-15 vote. All Democrats, plus McConnell, Cornyn and Paul, voted “yea.”

* Mickey Kaus argues conservatives are too distracted, and too bereft of elite backing, to fight Gang of Eight bill the way they fought past immigration reform efforts.

* New NBC/WSJ survey shows gradual erosion of support (mostly among Republicans and indies) for affirmative action policies now shows equal pro- and anti- levels.

* At Ten Miles Square, Keith Humphreys notes rising pot use means steady marijuana arrest levels during Obama administration disguise dramatically declining enforcement activity.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer explains why college dropouts still earn significantly more than those who don’t attend college at all.

And in sorta non-political news:

* Sales of George Orwell’s 1984 soaring on Amazon.

Well, just can’t resist posting video of Spirit performing “1984” in Germany–in 1978.

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To close the day, here’s Alabama Shakes again, advising us to “Hang Loose,” in a performance in KEXP’s studio early last year.

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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.