Blogging from a gridlocked I-285 right now. Anyone who’s been on that perimeter highway during rush hour can imagine my chagrin.

Here are some remains of the day:

* WaPo update on DCCC’s African-American turnout operation, viewed as a midterm Democratic “firewall.”

* Current Congress still on track to become least productive in last two decades.

* At TNR, Rebecca Traister outlines history of conservative efforts to separate reproductive health from “women’s health.”

* At Ten Miles Square, John Bradshaw argues progressives should play active role in encouraging nuclear deal with Iran.

* At College Guide, Jackie Mader reports on “huge confusion” in Mississippi over actual provisions of Common Core.

And in non-political news:

* A’s trade Yoenis Cespedes two days before planned giveaway of 10,000 t-shirts honoring him.

That’s it for Thursday. Let’s close with one more Trip Shakespeare tune: the poignant “Bonneville.”


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.