This time of day hospitals can be deceptively quiet, but you know there’s an enormous amount of human drama going on in room after room, including the waiting rooms. I’m feeling an exceptional connection to an awful lot of total strangers.

Here are some remainders of the day:

* At Plum Line, our own Ryan Cooper offers a very useful monetary policy primer for liberal “populists.”

* Council of Economic Advisors reminds us that the recent highly salutary slowdown in health care inflation depends in no small part on the Affordable Care Act.

* The endlessly self-repositioning Marco Rubio makes “big speech” labeling himself–surprise surprise–as neither a “hawk” nor a “dove.”

* At Ten Miles Square, Jonathan Bernstein usefully warns against the abuse of small subsamples in polls to grind partisan axes (in this case, by National Journal‘s house conservative Josh Kraushaar).

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer discusses the case of a Montana student who’s suing her college under the Americans With Disabilities Act for insufficient help resulting in a failing math grade.

And in non-political news:

* If you can’t get enough of news of the very rich, but want something a bit different, here’s a profile of two Lauder heiresses who are among the world’s youngest female billionaires.

That’s it for the day. Guess it would be a crime to close Bo Diddley Day here without a video of him performing his best-known hit: “I’m a Man.”

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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.