I have to admit I was at best an erratic consumer of Outlaw Country Music (I generally preferred the really old stuff, and also some of the California-based Bakersfield Sound), but did greatly appreciate the Outlaws’ revolt against the “Nashville Sound” or “countrypolitan” music of the 1960s, which was about as “country” as a suburban strip mall. So I’m happy to pay tribute to them today, though the news hooks were difficult.

Here are some final items, leading with the ongoing tragedy in Egypt:

* Egyptian Vice President for International Affairs Mohamed ElBaradei resigns in protest over the use of force to end pro-Morsi protests.

* Peggy Noonan takes the scenic route with several stops before arriving at the suggestion that HRC will run on single-payer platform in 2016.

* North Carolinians, even some Republicans, aren’t real happy about how Art Pope is transforming their state.

* At Ten Miles Square, Ben Flourshiem argues that cultural homogeneity helps Utah make strides on health and human services challenges that other “red states” can’t begin to match.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer tells tale of two law professors who have been fighting in court over their divorce for seventeen years.

And in non-political news:

* DISH repeats at top of 24/7 Wall St.‘s list of Worst American Companies to Work For, with Express Scripts, Dillard’s, Dollar General and RadioShack rounding out top five.

Let’s close the day with an actual Tompall Glaser performance, of his song that sends up the good ol’ boy who can’t understand why his woman is leaving, “Put Another Log on the Fire.”

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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.