As earlier indicated, I’ll be out tomorrow for a time-consuming but not scary medical procedure. Martin Longman will fill in with his usual panache, and then David Atkins and D.R. Tucker are in for the weekend.

Here are some remains of the day:

* NRSC sends in political commandos to take over Pat Roberts’ campaign as price of incompetence has just gone way up.

* Tragedy narrowly averted when researchers conducting bat population survey in AZ accosted by heavily armed militia members “patrolling” the U.S.-Mexico border. Thank God for the Second Amendment.

* Legal momentum resumed: 7th Circuit panel declares Indiana and Wisconsin same-sex marriage bans unconstitutional.

* At Ten Miles Square, Martin Longman suggests the Republican civil war in Kansas has changed the “fundamentals” of the Senate race more than analysts like Nate Silver have acknowleged.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer argues it’s time to take another look at the most obvious solution to our broken job training system: apprenticeships.

And in non-political news:

* Joan Rivers dies at 81. Here’s one of the many tributes that will soon be published.

That’s it for Thursday. Let’s close after all of today’s ominous talk with another emotional laxative from Joe “King” Carrasco and the Crowns: “Nervoused Out.”

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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.