I was winding down to a mellow week’s end until I ran across the Rick Perry “Merry Christmas Bill” story. It’s getting to where I hope he does run for president again so he can re-humiliate himself.

In any event, here are some final items of the day:

* Earlier this week Paul Glastris appeared on NPR’s Talk of the Nation to discuss the challenge of presidential speechwriting during scandals. You can listen to the show here.

* Battered Trent Franks turns over management of his late-term abortion ban legislation to Marsha Blackburn. I’ve never understood why anti-choicers didn’t always put women in front of the cameras.

* Kevin Drum asks some good questions about what PRISM did and didn’t give the NSA, and how the answers affect Edward Snowden’s credibility.

* Greg Sargent reports Gang of Eight gave Marco Rubio a good dressing-down in Wednesday meeting for his recent flirtations with conservative immigration reform opponents. About time.

* At Ten Miles Square, Raymond Smith suggests Republican pay attention not just to their problems with Latinos, but with Asian-Americans, whose numbers are growing rapidly.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer reports college newspapers are struggling with many of the same problems as newspapers generally.

And in non-political news:

* For procrastinators, here’s a list of last-minute Father’s Day “freebies and deals.”

That’s it for the week. Happy Father’s Day to my own down in Georgia, and to fathers everywhere.

Samuel Knight will be in for Weekend Blogging.

Let’s close with the Blues Magoos again, performing “Pipedream” on the Smothers Brothers show in 1967. Far out, man.


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.