I must be feeling tentative this afternoon; otherwise why did I do three straight posts headlined with a question? I ask you, why? (I did recover before the last post, which is thus not headlined “Is this civil war?”)

Anyway, here, in declarative sentences, are some remains of the day:

* If you are interested in the liberal foreign policy tradition, or in the glass ceiling for women in Washington, definitely check out Paul Glatstris’ interview with former State Department policy planning director and long-time think tank star Anne-Marie Slaughter, from the January-February issue of the Monthly.

* NY State Homeland Security director reportedly used laser sighting device attached to his handgun as pointer in presentation to foreign delegation last year. That’s one way to keep ’em awake!

* Eric Holthaus patiently explains how global warming makes extreme weather–yes, even extreme cold weather–more likely.

* At Ten Miles Square, Michael O’Hare notes that for all its issues, New York City knows how to handle snow.

* At College Guide, there’s other New York news: Liz Wellin reports on the joy of the city’s new schools chancellor at the change of municipal administration.

And in non-political news:

* Here’s a vast collection of stories about tonight’s final BCS championship game. Go War Seminoles, or whatever.

Let’s close with another belt of Loosiana music: The Meters with “They All Ask’d For You.”

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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.