I seem to be coming down with some flu/cold thing as the day wears on. I won’t bail on you tomorrow unless I’m incoherent, but please forgive a late start if I have to resort to the NyQuil.

Here are some remains of the day.

* Condi Rice headlining NRCC fundraiser expected to bring in a cool $15 million.

* Franklin Graham compares his habit of gay-bashing and Muslim-bashing to his father’s support for MLK.

* Northwestern football players get green light from regional office of NLRB to seek union certification. More on this tomorrow.

* At Ten Miles Square, Jim Sleeper offers a fond tribute to the great anti-nuclear-weapons writer and activist, Jonathan Schell, who died yesterday.

* Also at Ten Miles Square, Henry Farrell examines Michael Hayden’s non-apology apology to Angela Merkel for spying on her.

And in non-political news:

* Looking at scenes featuring the color of blue reported to induce peaceful state. Works for me when it’s the Pacific Ocean.

That’s it for Hump Day. Here’s a nice day-ender from Joe Bonamassa: “Sloe Gin,” performed at the Royal Albert Hall.

Selah.

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.