Something I learned from J.J. Cale’s obituary in WaPo is that he changed his public monniker from Johnny to J.J. in order to avoid confusion with the Velvet Underground’s John Cale. I’m a pretty big fan of John Cale, but all in all, I think he should have had to change his name.

Here are some final items of the day:

* That was fast: first post-“deal” executive-branch nomination, for director of ATF, hangs fire as Senate awaits arrival of Heidi Heitkamp to secure 60th vote for cloture.

* Landing with a THUD: Transportation, Housing and Urban Development appropriations bill pulled from House floor amidst GOP disarray over compliance with Ryan Budget funding levels.

* The Hill releases its latest 50 Most Beautiful list of Washingtonians. I tried to flip through it in search of something interesting, but failed at about number 25.

* At Ten Miles Square, Aaron Carroll makes case that cancer is being overdiagnosed and overtreated, with many negative side effects.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer partially endorses North Carolina’s elimination of automatic pay raises for teacher’s earning master’s degrees (the part that involves degrees in education).

And in non-political news:

* Royal prince acquires official nickname of “Georgie.” No word on unofficial nicknames, though Huffpost offers “G-Unit” and “L’il G.”

Here’s a final J.J. Cale video for the day: “Devil In Disguise,” performed in the Netherlands in 1994.

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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.