Thinking about war off and on all day is good for the soul, bad for the concentration. But there turned out to be some random news items of interest along with the usual outrages.

Here are some final items of the day:

* Peaceful sit-in near Capitol protesting inaction on immigration reform leads to 40 arrests of protestors, including union and advocacy group leaders.

* A bad argument whose time has come round again: Breitbart’s Joel Pollak claims Romney lost because he couldn’t attack Obamacare enough. Yeah, that was clearly the problem.

* TAP’s Paul Waldman notes that even though “IRS Scandal” refuted, it will live on as a “fact.”

* At Ten Miles Square, Ben Florsheim explores the president’s bromance with Larry Summers.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer mourns the impending demise of small public colleges, a true gateway to opportunity.

And in non-political news:

* Pre-season USAT coaches’ poll for college football released; five SEC teams, including my Georgia Bulldogs (#5) are in Top Ten.

I know there are many, many antiwar songs I might have posted today but didn’t. Here are two final entries:

First, Wyclef Jean with “War No More.”

And finally, Pete Seeger with “Where Have All the Flowers Gone?”


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.