A programming note: we’ll be on the Federal Holiday Lite Blogging Schedule July 4, and may slack off a bit on Friday if I get the impression readers are slacking off as well.

Here are some final items of the day:

* I’m still awaiting clarification about how Chris Christie intends to implement a Medicaid expansion in New Jersey, as he says he still wants to do, after vetoing legislation to do just that. Until then, Kathleen Geier has the final word about his character.

* Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, long considered the most formidable potential challenger to Mitch McConnell, jumps into the race.

* The Atlantic‘s David Graham profiles Battleground North Carolina is asking how the Tar Heel State became “the Wisconsin of 2013.”

* At Ten Miles Square, Keith Humprheys explains why fights over public debt are invariably about something else.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer reminds us that fully a third of those with student loan debts don’t have a college degree.

And in sorta non-political news:

* Director of Vatican Bank and his deputy resign amidst growing corruption scandal.

By popular demand, we’ll close Canada Day with Neil Young & Crazy Horse performing “Born in Ontario:”


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.