Off for more birthday festivities, and then tomorrow to Athens for a rare opportunity to see my Georgia Bulldogs live.

Here are some remains of the day:

* Scottish National Party leader Alex Salmond to step down in November.

* Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach orders military ballots sent out without Democratic Senate candidate, which may indicate he’s throwing in the towel on trying to force the party to appoint one.

* Peter Beinart explains how Ted Cruz combines the worst vices of all the various Republican factions when it comes to his rhetoric on IS.

* At Ten Miles Square, Henry Farrell examines the two ways to look at the obnoxious opinion production of Charles Krauthammer.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer argues that Harvard Business School needs to accept some accountability for the behavior of American CEOs.

And in non-political news:

* OMG: Pabst Blue Ribbon Beer (iconic to rednecks long before hipsters discovered it) bought by Russian–Russian!–brewery.

That’s it for Friday. David Atkins and D.R. Tucker will be in for weekend blogging. We’ll close with David Bromberg performing Dylan’s “It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry.”


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.