After very slow start, Republican hijinks once again kept this blog lively. Thank you Rick Perry, Rand Paul, and Bobby Jindal!

Here are some final items of the day:

* The Hill‘s Erik Wasson examines the cross-pressures on John Boehner over what to do about the stalled Farm Bill.

* At the Guardian, Ana Marie Cox reviews James O’Keefe’s book about his Breitbartian hijinks.

* Political poetry from Texas: “If My Vagina Was a Gun,” by Katie Helm.

* At Ten Miles Square, Mark Kleiman points to Uruguay as a sensible model for a national cannabis legalization initiative.

* At College Guide, Richard Vedder looks at the impact of college costs on family savings.

And in non-political news:

* Losses from pricey cinematic turkey The Lone Ranger could reach $160 million.

That’s it for the day. To close, here are the Flying Burrito Brothers again, performing their cover of Dave Dudley’s great trucker song, “Six Days on the Road” at Altamont. All sorts of ominous signs of the violence to come; it’s also, I believe, one of the final performances by Gram Parsons with the Burritos.

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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.