Got so attached to the little Chromebook while traveling that I haven’t switched back to the iMac. But I fear the desktop will jealously punish me for blogging around, so that’s where I’ll be tomorrow.

Here are some remains of the day:

* House passes omnibus appropriations bill, with 3 Democrats and 64 Republicans voting “no.” We’ll look at the GOP dissenters in more detail tomorrow.

* In FL, former congressional staffer & lobbyist David Jolly wins GOP primary to face Dem Alex Sink in March special election to replace late Bill Young in House. Sink actually favored.

* House Liberty Caucus formed by Rep. Justin Amash on grounds that House Republican Study Committee has gone all squishy.

* Former federal prosecutor who led the investigation of Blago chosen by New Jersey legislature to investigate BridgeGate.

* At Ten Miles Square, Mark Kleiman looks at latest public opinion research on cannabis legalization, and finds majority supporting legalization steady but not deep.

* At College Guide, Robert Kelchen calls on (at least as an experiment) elite universities to randomize admissions from their pools of highly qualified candidates.

And in sorta non-political news:

* New study suggests Alexander the Great died at 33 from drinking poisoned wine.

That’s it for the day. Let’s post one more revolutionary song, and keep it simple. Here’s Bob Marley performing “Revolution” in 1980:

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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.