Back on central coast of California, where high temperatures will range from 68 to 71 in next five days. Ah.

Here are some remains of the day:

* Paul Ryan says top-end tax cuts more important than expanded child tax credit. Take that, reformicons.

* National Journal‘s Alex Roarty finds Alaska Republicans admitting Mark Begich has advantage over their new Senate nominee Dan Sullivan.

* Microsoft eliminates all donations to ALEC due to organization’s hostility to renewable energy. Glad they finally noticed.

* At Ten Miles Square, Mark Kleiman argues Rick Perry’s behavior should disqualify him from presidency even if he is acquitted on Texas charges.

* At College Guide, Sarah Butrymowicz reports on California kids who never make it to high school.

And in non-political news:

* NFL expecting potential Superbowl halftime acts to pay for the privilege, then and later.

That’s it for Wednesday. Let’s close with Sneaky Pete Kleinow and the Burrito Brothers (no longer “Flying”) performing “Spittin’ Image” in Germany in 1985.


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.