A blurry sort of day for me, but probably about what the mostly symbolic news justified. Maybe it will begin to come into better focus tomorrow.

Here are a few remainders:

* Kerry to sign arms trade treaty that NRA likes to call “U.N. gun grab.” So get ready for some paranoid shrieking.

* Sarah Kliff succinctly explains why a delay in the Obamacare individual mandate is not on the table, no matter what.

* More 2012 Big Mo follies from GOP: New study suggests a single (anonymous) trader placed multi-million dollar Intrade bets on Romney’s election in 2012 not to make money, but to make contest look closer than it actually was.

* At Ten Miles Square, Jonathan Bernstein examines a classic example of a Republican leader embracing preposterous ideas to establish the credibility to criticize “wacko birds.”

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer wonders if we’re getting close to “tipping point” where millions of Americans decide college education literally isn’t worth the cost.

And in non-political news:

* Australian scientists (natch) develop electrolyte-rich beer that won’t cause hangover.

Let’s close the day with a song from the soundrack of Chicago 10, the 2007 film about the Chicago Seven trial (the higher numeral comes from the inclusion of Bobby Seale plus the two attorneys held in contempt during the trial). It’s the Beastie Boys with “Sabotage.”

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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.