One of those days when somebody abruptly cut off the news mid-afternoon.

Here are some sparse remains of the day:

* Seems both Ft. Hood shooters bought their weapons at the same gun shop. Quite a clientele.

* New poll of Iowa Republicans shows Mike Huckabee still in lead, with Rand Paul and–here’s some news–Scott Walker pretty close behind.

* New research shows Russia the rare country where indices of happiness don’t improve in old age, and old age ain’t so old (at least for men) in Russia.

* At Ten Miles Square, Daniel Luzer looks at the fairly significant inequality within the 1%.

* At College Guide, the self-same Daniel Luzer is pleased Janet Napolitano doesn’t share Jerry Brown’s belief in the revolutionary potential of online learning.

And in non-political news:

* Letterman to retire next year. I’ll cast an early vote for Craig Ferguson as his replacement.

That’s it for Thursday. Let’s close with one more protest song against World War I. It was written by Irving Berlin, and is performed here by Groucho Marx (!) on the Dick Cavett Show in 1971 (after some brief chitchat): “Stay Down Here Where You Belong.”

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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.