Day’s End and Weekend Watch

I’m heading up Highway 101, and will soon pass San Francisco heading north.

Here are some remains of the day:

* Want a good indication of how badly Pat Roberts wants to pander to unhappy conservatives? He’s now threatening to shut down the Senate with a filibuster if Obama removes prisoners from Gitmo.

* In endorsing Cory Gardner, Denver Post argues GOPers will “temper their policies” if they gain control of the Senate. Why would anybody think that?

* At TNR, Nina Martin profiles Alabama Supreme Court judges who is showing the way to a judicial overturning of Roe v. Wade.

* At Ten Miles Square, Jonathan Bernstein explains why gaffes matter more in downballot races.

* At College Guide, Jon Marcus discusses new voluntary standards for measuring what students really know, not just what credentials they have accumulated.

And in non-political news:

* Think the celebrity nude photo hack was bad? Now 200,000 Snapchat photos are floating around.

That’s it for Friday. Martin Longman will be back for Weekend Blogging tomorrow! Let’s close with a sharply political John Prine song: “Some Humans Ain’t Human,” performed in 2005.


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Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore, a Monthly contributing editor, is a columnist for the Daily Intelligencer, New York magazine’s politics blog, and the managing editor for the Democratic Strategist.