Hope you’ve all had a festive, restful and reflective Fourth. Props as always to those who have to work today (aside from us Lite Bloggers).

Here are some remains of the day:

* Duke’s Jedediah Purdy argues we need more, not less, political conflict to meet challenges of inequality and climate change.

* At TNR, Brook Wilensky-Lanford calls for pushback against Tea Party distortions of historical facts about nation’s founding.

* At the Prospect, Paul Waldman totes up the 15 big SCOTUS decisions of this term.

* At Ten Miles Square, James Wimberly pens his own Hobby Lobby dissent.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer argues that large number of No Child Left Behind waivers shows we’re not getting at the real problems afflicting low-income schools.

And in non-political news:

* 149 Dylan demos from Nashville Skyline era found in Manhattan apartment.

That’s it for Independence Day. Martin Longman will be in for Weekend Blogging tomorrow. Let’s close with Yes covering Paul Simon’s “America.” Hang in for the amazing guitar/bass break by Steve Howe and Chris Squire.

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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.