Just realized that pretty soon (December 28, to be exact), I’ll be coming up on the second anniversary of my first PA post (a substitute gig for Steven Benen, and also a bit of an audition, since Steve was pretty close to finalizing his gig with MSNBC at that time). I was more than a bit intimidated by Steve’s prodigious daily post quota. And now it’s kinda second nature. I can’t say I’m always fascinated by each day’s political news; there are days when you feel like just reposting stuff from the day before because it’s all Kabuki. But you know what? I’m much better informed than I’ve ever been (even in those days when I pretty much thought I knew it all), and you can be too as a regular PA reader. But whether you dive in or dabble with PA, please consider making a small tax-deductible donation to keep the wheels turning. You’d be subsidizing my continuing education, and perhaps your own and that of a slice of the citizenry.

Here are some remains of this day:

* Profiles in political relativity: Steve Stockman calls John Cornyn a “liberal.”

* Murray and Ryan reported to be very close to a budget deal, probably pretty close to an even split between House and Senate appropriations numbers (but also probably with no provisions for continued UI extension).

* John McCain raises Munich analogizing to new level, comparing Obama’s handshake with Raul Castro to Chamberlain’s handshake with Hitler.

* At Ten Miles Square, Rachel Cohen explains the various proposals to cut back on SNAP eligibility.

* At College Square, Dan Luzer notes MOOC participants mostly people with degrees, not undergrads whose loss from traditional courses is a deadly threat to faculty.

And in non-political news:

* Michael Jordan’s 56,000 square foot Highland Park mansion could be yours for as little as $13 million at auction. It includes, of course, a NBA-regulation size hoops court.

That’s it for the day. Here’s one more shot of Otis, with the much-covered “Hard to Handle.”

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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.