So the week drags to a close. Somebody let me know if there’s a breakthrough in Washington this weekend. I don’t plan to watch CSPAN. Go Dawgs and Go Braves!

Here are some final items of the day:

* Brookings’ Thomas Mann mocks GOP claims they uniquely represent America.

* Most predictable column in years: Peggy Noonan says Obama must lead like Reagan did!

* Ramesh Ponnuru gently reminds Republicans they can’t get a fiscal deal without giving Democrats some wins.

* At Ten Miles Square, Rachel Cohen pushes back against argument that powers currently enjoyed by NSA could have prevented 9/11.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer looks at Swiss apprenticeship system as possible alternative to universal college access (which in any event is growing more distant).

And in non-political news:

* New ABC sitcom Lucky 7 canceled after just two episodes.

That’s it for this week of destructive stupidity afflicting the Body Politic. Kathleen Geier will be back for Weekend Blogging, and will surely have much to say.

As commenter Kevin Moriarty mentioned earlier today, if the musical theme is a tribute to Sputnik, a song about satellites is essential. So here’s the incomparable Ventures performing “Telstar” in 1981.

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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.