Not planning on staying riveted to Texas runoff returns tonight. If Kinky Friedman wins and conducts a press conference, I might check in.

Here are some remains of the day:

* Obama announces last troops due to leave Afghanistan in 2016.

* National Review‘s Jim Geraghty tries to make a big deal out of Michelle Nunn’s compensation when she ran the Points of Light Foundation. Might work if she wasn’t running against even-wealthier-while-a-public-servant Jack Kingston or self-funding corporate exec David Perdue.

* Coals-to-Newcastle: U.S. Chamber running ads for Joni Ernst in Iowa.

* At Ten Miles Square, Jonathan Bernstein provides an up-close-and-personal guide to today’s sleepy Texas runoff.

* At College Guide, Jon Marcus shares some analysis on the strange case of Olin College, which managed to lose $129,000 per student per year.

And in non-political news:

* Oh my: Georgia animal sanctuary has a lion, a tiger and a bear living in the same enclosure and getting along famously. They were found together as cubs 13 years ago in a drug dealer’s basement.

Let’s close the day with another tune from The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan: “A Hard Rain’s Gonna Fall,” performed in the year of its release.


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.