I have two projects that should see the light tomorrow: a second post on Rich Yeselson’s important essay on the labor movement at Democracy; and (time permitting) my first effort at a listicle, this one on the many ways GOPers are sabotaging “rebranding” aspirations.

But here are some final items for today:

* Terrible Thursday: 4 shot to death in St. Louis business; at least one killed and 73 injured in Louisiana chemical plant explosion.

* Sarah Palin back on board as paid contributor to Fox News. I suspect her salary is down a bit, though.

* Arizona legislature on the brink of approving Medicaid expansion as Gov. Jan Brewer faces down intraparty cries of treason.

* At Ten Miles Square, Seth Masket argues partisan “hypocrisy” on government surveillance programs really just reflection of who people trust with power.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer notes that the much-awaited SCOTUS decision on affirmative action in college admissions won’t matter much at the growing majority of schools with non-competitive admissions standards.

And in non-political news:

* Global stock selloff ends after positive U.S. news on jobless claims and retail sales released.

To end the day, here’s the iconic Santana performance: “Soul Sacrifice,” at Woodstock in 1969.


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.