Wow, did I need and appreciate the semi-long weekend! Stored up enough sleep to make it at least until Tuesday without a nap.

Here are some wide-awake news/views treats:

* Mark your calendars: Warren Harding’s letters to his lover to be made public on July 29.

* Lynn Sweet remembers “Al the Pal” Dixon (defeated in a 1992 Senate Democratic primary by Carol Mosley Braun), who died over the weekend.

* Ornstein argues that treatment of corporations could be biggest and worst legacy of Hobby Lobby decision.

* Greg Sargent notes Tom Cotton’s extremist voting record beginning to catch up with him.

* Republicans claim McFadden nomination has vastly raised chances of upset win against Al Franken.

And in non-political news:

* Prospects for hosting 2022 Olympic Winter Games reduced to Oslo, Beijing, and Almaty (Kazakhstan).

As we break for lunch, here’s more psychobilly (or proto-psychobilly): the Cramps with “Garbage Man.”

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.