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.”