Egads, have a bad case of mental indigestion from speed-reading (and then speed-writing about) Beinart’s vast essay so late in the afternoon.

Here are some final items of the day:

* Paul Glastris takes up U.S. News on its offer to critique its college rankings.

* Another shoe drops: Assad appears to make cessation of U.S. aid to rebels a condition for giving up his chemical weapons. If Russians back him up, that’s big trouble.

* Norquist calls for allowing legal pot dispensaries to write off business expenses on federal taxes like other businesses; unlikely ally Rep. Earl Blumenauer introduces bill to do just that.

* At Ten Miles Square, Rachel Cohen discusses the big issues raised by the dispute at Johns Hopkins over a faculty member’s disclosure of classified research.

* At College Guide, Robert Kelchen compares how schools rank in the U.S. News and WaMo college rankings.

And in sorta non-political news:

* NASA Voyager 1 probe becomes first manufactured object to exit the solar system. It’s carrying cultural artifacts including a recording of “Johnny B. Goode.”

To wrap that news into today’s musical theme, let’s close with some Russian Space Trance vibes.

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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.