I’m writing this post in one of those massive Atlanta rush hour traffic jams I escaped by moving away nearly two decades ago (only to fall prey to Washington’s equally insane traffic for a good while), so forgive any typos I might commit.

Here are some remains of the day:

* At Religion Dispatches my friend Sarah Posner offers a much less positive take than I did on Mark Pryor’s new “Bible” ad.

* House Democrats looking amazingly united in opposition to an appropriations deal that accomodates sequestration levels.

* Martin Bashir resigns from MSNBC after going over the top in criticizing some remarks by Sarah Palin. It’s so, so unnecessary.

* At Ten Miles Square, Seth Masket evaluates House members affiliated with the No Labels group, and concludes the affiliation is less risky than defying one’s party in actual votes.

* Also at Ten Miles Square, Jonathan Bernstein challenges the CW that Poppy Bush was undone by his breaking of a no-tax-increase pledge.

And in non-political news:

* Uh-oh: new evidence of health risks associated with drinking bottled water. I prefer the tap, personally.

As we close the day, one more selection from Mozart’s Requiem, as I continue to mourn my father:


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.