Gearing down for a long evening of church committee meetings. Guess I won’t get around to watching Season 2 of House of Cards–just to annoy Politico–until the weekend.

Here are some remains of the day:

* Chris Cillizza wonders if John Boehner’s purchase of a FL condo means retirement soon. I think it means he wants to save money he’s spending on tanning beds.

* Brian Beutler notes Republican obstinacy just cost them their best chance ever to get Social Security benefit cuts.

* Ezra Klein says Washington’s going to become irrelevant for a good long while. Sorta looked that way in about 1999, too.

* At Ten Miles Squares, Keith Humphreys talks more about the opioid addiction epidemic and its linkage to future heroin use.

* At College Guide, Sarah Butrymowicz discusses Australia’s experience in raising entry level requirements for teachers.

And in non-political news:

* Sbarro closing 155 restaurants. Mall food courts just won’t be the same.

That’s it for Thursday. Here’s one more Devo video, another fine cover, this one of Lee Dorsey’s 1966 hit “Working in a Coal Mine.”

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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.