It will be interesting to see if the disinterest Americans showed in the toppling of Morsi last month continues with the bloodshed we’re seeing now. Hard to say; it is, after all, August.

Here are some final items of the day:

* Official death toll in Egypt rises to 638, and military issues new “live fire” authorization.

* TAP’s Paul Waldman makes short work of the GOP argument that the defeat of their voter suppression efforts means there is no reason to worry about voting rights.

* Wonkblog‘s Lydia DePillis explains why mergermania hasn’t hit the casino industry.

* At Ten Miles Square, Ben Florsheim discusses the appeal of Bill de Blasio’s “modern family.”

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer wonders what’s up with the president’s 2-day “college cost bus tour” next week.

And in sorta non-political news:

* “Butter Cow Security” t-shirts hot item at Iowa State Fair after icon smeared with red paint by animal rights activists.

We didn’t have the news hooks to sustain a panoramic barrage of Woodstock videos today, which hippie-detractors may appreciate. But anyway, here are two more. First, Canned Heat with a night-time performance of “On the Road Again:”

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And then of course, we must include Jimi Hendrix’s tribute to America:

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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.