I didn’t write about Philip Seymour Hoffman’s untimely death today because Kathleen Geier covered it well yesterday. But he was one of the very few actors whose presence alone would make me want to see a movie, and I will miss him. RIP.

Here are some remains of the day:

* Big profile at New York by Benjamin Wallace on Ezra Klein and his new venture.

* McConnell and Grimes running dead even in Kentucky per Rasmussen.

* Alan Abramowitz marshals the arguments for economic inequality being a winning issue for Dems this year.

* At Ten Miles Square, Mark Kleiman endorses idea of USPS offering basic account services to the unbanked.

* At College Guide, Robert Shireman suggests building blocks for the upcoming federal college rating system.

And in non-political news:

* Another stock market plunge today on bad reports from manufacturing and construction industries.

That’s it for today. Here’s one more track from one of the victims of the Clear Lake plane crash, Ritchie Valens, with “Come On, Let’s Go.”

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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.