Finishing the day at a coffee shop, which brings back fond memories of early blogging experiences before it was my day job. Coffee’s good, too.

Here are some remains of the day:

* It’s International Nelson Mandela Day, commemorating the late South African leader’s birthday.

* John McCain claims had he been elected president in 2000, he would have had sense enough not to invade Iraq. 20-20 hindsight, for sure.

* At New Yorker Jeff Shesol notes the irony of lawyer-baiting Republicans falling in love with lawsuits against Obama.

* At Ten Miles Square, Henry Farrell talks about American conservatives and cricket.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer discusses evaluation of students by teachers in light of big cheating scandals.

And in non-political news:

* LeBron James cleverly starts Twitter explosion by asking fans to help him decide jersey number in Cleveland.

That’s it for Friday. Martin Longman will be in for Weekend Blogging tomorrow. Let’s close with the classic song about Joe Hill, but since I’ve already posted the famous Joan Baez version here a couple of times, we’ll go with a much earlier recording by Paul Robeson:

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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.