You gotta hand it to Alec Baldwin for getting a huge buzz by announcing he’s “leaving public life.” Donald Trump should try it.

Here are some remains of the day:

* John Kerry calls for repeal of Ugandan “anti-homosexuality” law.

* Our friend Blue Girl reviews an Al Gore speech in Kansas City, and mourns what might have been.

* Tea Party favorite in NC Senate race, Greg Brannon (whom I discussed here), hit with civil judgment for misleading investors.

* At Ten Miles Square, Keith Humphreys offers a useful meditation on the perils of second-hand (or third-hand or fourth-hand) knowledge.

* At College Guide, Sarah Butrymowicz reports on the “good and bad” of Australia’s experiments with family-punitive school truancy policies.

And in non-political news:

* Comedy writing legend Harold Ramis dies at 69 of rare blood disease.

That’s it for the day. Here’s Victoria Spivey one more time, with her early hit “Blood Thirsty Blues.”

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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.