A long day of historical reminiscences and ongoing political battles.

Here are some final items:

* Cloture for Gina McCarthy confirmation at EPA passes 69-31; actual confirmation passes 59-40 (with one Democrat, Joe Manchin (D-Coal) voting nay). Much better margins than with Perez, but let’s wait until the NLRB votes to see if “deal” sticks.

* House GOP formally abandons legal defense of remaining statutes discriminating against same-sex marriage partners.

* City of Detroit formally files for Chapter 9 bankruptcy protection.

* Greg Sargent notes new polls showing “path to citizenship” not deal-breaker for large majority of self-identified Republicans.

* At Ten Miles Square, Rob Atkinson argues that high-skill immigration liberalization should not be allowed to die if larger immigration bill expires.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer reports San Jose State hitting “pause” button on its much-discussed MOOC experiment.

And in non-political news:

* American Horror Story and Game of Thrones top Emmy nominations, but House of Cards breaks ground with nine nominations for show delivered online.

I didn’t have the news hooks to post other songs of and about the Spanish Civil War, so let’s end with an assortment. First, the Spanish anarchist anthem, “A las barricadas!”

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Next up, the Falangist anthem, “Cara al Sol” (complete with propaganda stills, including one shot of the Falangist leader and supposed author of the anthem, Jose Antonio Primo de Rivera):

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And finally, an interesting electric guitar rendition of “El Himno de Riego,” the Spanish Republican anthem, along with many images of the Republic’s defenders in the war.

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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.