As noted earlier, I’m on the road to Georgia tomorrow, and will resume blogging on EDT for a while.

Here are some remains of the day:

* WaPo’s Jenna Portnoy pens a fascinating account of the contradiction between SW Virginians’ partisan politics and their need for a Medicaid expansion.

* Salon’s Simon Maloy interprets the GOP’s scandal-mania as the result of a sort of party-wide existential crisis. Don’t know if I entirely agree, but it’s an interesting hypothesis.

* RCP’s Sean Trende does some granular research about what first rounds of Top Two primaries–like those in CA and WA–tells us about November’s results.

* At Ten Miles Square, Henry Farrell discusses the potential threat to democracies of cross-national intelligence cooperation.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer reminds us that a big part of the student loan crisis is the extraordinarily high cost of administering loans.

And in non-political news:

* Just in time for the weekend, The Atlantic‘s Olga Khazan offers some insights from the Alcohol Hangover Research Group.

That’s it for the week. Martin Longman will be in the house for Weekend Blogging tomorrow. Let’s close with one of the classics from Pet Sounds, “Sloop John B.”

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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.