Real shame that after contributing ground cover to the sparse yard adjoining our apartment, have to wait til tomorrow for landlord to finally replace broken-down washer-dryer in order to get the dirty bark off our clothes.

But hey, I like to go above and beyond the call, which is why you might consider a tax-deductible donation to help keep PA running and your blogger in clean clothes.

Here are some remains of the day:

* At TAP, Monica Potts looks at both parties’ thinking on poverty in context of 50th anniversary of War on Poverty.

* The Atlantic‘s Garance Franke-Ruta notices something in that new Des Moines Register poll I missed: Iowa Republican loathe HRC at near-Obama levels.

* Recount in VA AG contest initially adding tiny number of votes to lead of Democrat Mark Herring.

* At Ten Miles Square, Seth Masket makes case that GOP is indeed capable of adjusting to demographic reality. But what would the Founders say?

* Also at Ten Miles Square, Duke’s Don Taylor shows NC could place itself within reach of becoming first state to achieve universal coverage if it accepts Medicaid expansion. Big “if,” of course.

And in non-political news:

* Nick Saban’s new $7 million salary compared to that of other sports figures (more than coaching salaries in entire college football conferences, but much less than that of Chelsea professional soccer coach Jose Mourinho.

That’s it for me today. Let’s close with an Earth, Wind and Fire instrumental piece entitled “New World Symphony.” There’s no connection so far as I can tell with the Dvorak composition, but it’s nice anyway.

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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.