The news slowed down this afternoon, but the analytical heavy lifting picked up. As always, thanks to those of you who didn’t check out early.

Here are some remains of the political day:

* Given Robert A. Taft’s ambiguous relationship with Joe McCarthy, I’d take his grandson’s invocation of Mr. Republican’s legacy to attack Ted Cruz with a few grains of salt, but it’s worth a read.

* The Nation‘s Ari Berman examines the alarming evidence arising from first use of new Texas voter ID law in constitutional amendment balloting.

* MoJo’s Tim Murphy reports Thad Cochran’s primary challenger in Mississippi has serious neo-Confederate ties. Old times there are not forgotten.

* At Ten Miles Square, Rachel Cohen lays out Obama’s policy options going into the next round of discussion with Iran over its nuclear program.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer discusses the many non-academic factors that go into parents’ decisions to send their kids to private schools.

And in non-political news:

* NBC’s Sunday Night Football heads list of most expensive regular prime time TV shows in terms of ad rates.

That’s it for now. If you’re cold today, comfort yourself that it’s not “Nine Below Zero,” the title of this old blues tune performed by Sonny Boy Williamson.


Ed Kilgore

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.