I’m going on a brief road trip this weekend, and so am wrapping up early (though with the usual quota of twelve posts completed as of this one). Here are some remains of the day:

* 2d Circuit Court of Appeal panel strikes down New York limits on individual contributions to independent groups in case involving same plaintiff as case before SCOTUS aimed at striking down limits to political parties and candidates. Bad sign.

* Via Charles Pierce, SUSA poll in Kansas shows Gov. Sam Brownback in serious political trouble going into 2014. Charlie has some typically colorful commentary.

* David Frum weaves a paranoid fantasy about the election of Ted Cruz as president in 2016, which kinda defies the CW that the Texan has destroyed his presidential ambitions.

* At Ten Miles Square, Mark Kleiman praises with faint damn Ross Douthat’s exposition of conservative health care policy.

* Also at Ten Miles Square, Rachel Cohen updates us on the local ballot initiative that could soon make Albuquerque the first American city with a municipal ban on abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. This could be a real “breaking bad” moment for Albuquerque.

And in non-political news:

* Believe it or not, the JonBenet Ramsey case is back in the news, as 1999 grand jury indictment–which DA decided not to pursue– of parents is unsealed.

That’s it for the day. Kathleen Geier will be at the controls of PA this weekend.

I don’t have any particular reason to believe that the Grenada invasion inspired this 1984 song (after all, the Falklands War was just a year earlier), but it’s fairly appropriate. Here’s Culture Club performing “The War Song.”


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.