Having gone a good hour without a coughing fit, I’m ready for the weekend.

Here are some remains of the day:

* Big profile of Maine DEM SEN candidate Shenna Bellows, who may test idea there’s a civil liberties-based transpartisan coalition out there that can outflank conventional GOPers like Susan Collins.

* CBS lets it be known that Stephen Colbert is its top choice to succeed Letterman. The #CancelColbert people, plus most conservatives, will probably go wild.

* Paul Ryan allows as how most popular Obamacare provisions are likely to be “too expensive” to make it into a Republican “replacement” scheme.

* At Ten Miles Square, Jonathan Bernstein sorts through the reasons that Republicans who understand importance of action on climate change have been silenced.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer examines new models for for-profit colleges that could make them more focused on educational results.

And in non-political news:

* Milwaukee group trying to buy PBR and return it to its ancestral home.

That’s it for Friday. Kathleen Geier will be in for Weekend Blogging tomorrow. Let’s close with one more Muddy Waters tune, appropriate for Happy Hour, at least in Washington and Colorado: “Champagne and Reefer.”

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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.