Well, did it again with the late afternoon plunges beyond politics. Hope you appreciate it as much as news-cycle reporting.

Here are some remains of the day:

* Jon Ralston kicks around speculation on whether Harry Reid will retire or run again in 2016.

* Fox’s Chris Stirewalt introduces meme we’ll hear again & again: Obama trying to bait Republicans into government shutdown to save Dem Senate. Not their fault if they can’t resist, right?

* TNR’s Jonathan Cohn touts California sick-leave legislation as possible national model that will both help workers and improve public health.

* At Ten Miles Square, Don Taylor discusses new research indicating Medicare recipients want more control over end-of-life benefits, possibly saving money.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer reports disturbing facts about world as experienced by college freshmen. “What the hell is Netscape?”

And in non-political news:

* Texas A&M takes early lead over South Carolina. Upset brewing?

That’s it for Thursday. We’ll close with one more Iggy tune, from the fine album Brick by Brick, performed live: “Neon Forest.”

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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.