Glad to drag my sick and tired posterior to the end of this week! Hope yours has been better. For R&R, we have basketball!

Here are some remains of the day:

* Pew reports support for death penalty slowly but significantly declining, from peak of 78% in 1996 to 55% today.

* Condi Rice rattles a saber at a GOP fundraiser, deploring “war-weariness.”

* At Ten Miles Square, Keith Humphreys says he benefited from today’s WaMo/NAF panel on pot legalization, and offers a fresh link to watch the video replay!

* Also at Ten Miles Square, Henry Farrell questions TPM’s disclosed but risky relationship with PhRMa’s “sponsored content,” particularly given Josh Marshall’s position after Nick Confessore exposed the Tech Central “journo-lobbying” innovation here at WaMo.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer examines the poor graduation rates of those attending college on the New G.I. Bill.

And in non-political news:

* Miguel Cabrera to make an estimated 45k per plate appearance under record deal with Tigers.

That’s it for the day. Martin Longman will be at the PA controls this weekend.

Let’s close with the best-known W.C. Handy tune, as performed by Nat King Cole: “St. Louis 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.