‘Twasn’t a very newsy news day, but it did get somewhat noisy.

Here are some remainders:

* Jennifer Rubin, of all people, pens post entitled “Cuccinelli is losing” and doubts he can recover.

* McConnell breaks silence, supports debt limit hostage-taking, though doesn’t explicitly link it to Obamacare defunding or delay.

* Columbia researcher challenges CW that crack and meth are for most users irresistible addiction.

* At Ten Miles Square, Keith Humphreys responds to fifth anniversary of Lehman Brothers failure not by wondering why feds didn’t bail company out, but by asking why Bear Stearns bailed out earlier.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer wonders why University of California can’t fix up mansion already built for its president rather than giving Janet Napolitano $9,950 a month for rent–or letting her figure out some way to pay rent out of her $570,000 salary.

And in non-political news:

* Beleaguered Carnival cruise line offers 110%-money-back guarantee for dissatisfied customers–even if they aren’t cast adrift in ocean with no electricity or plumbing.

That’s it for this Tuesday. We’ll end with two more vintage Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour music performances. I hope my stepmother, who went to school with Dick and Tom in Redondo Beach, enjoys these.

First, Joan Baez with “I Shall Be Released.”

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And then, the Brothers themselves with “Mariah,” following a fractured introduction.

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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.