In breaking news, Deadspin did one of the more directly contrite retractions I’ve ever seen (though utilizing non-family friendly language!) after its Cory-Gardner-Didn’t-Play-Football story blew up. Whole idea was a little dumb, of course.

Here are some remains of the day:

* Josh Marshall has a must-read post about corporate medicine and Ebola preparedness.

* Buzzfeed article on tool that rates first names in terms of likelihood to be Democratic or Republican donors concludes with great line: “The liberal names generally sound like a group of women in their late 20s; the conservative names sound like the members of a large bluegrass band from the 1930s.”

* Adele Stan compares Rand Paul’s supporters to those who lifted Barry Goldwater to the GOP nomination in 1964.

* At Ten Miles Square, Mark Kleiman forcefully disagrees with progressives who are reacting negatively to idea of magnetic-confinement fusion energy.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer suggests the very rich people investing in education reform may be ready to give up on public schools altogether.

And in non-political news:

* Official English translation of Vatican Synod report on family issues revised to make it less “welcoming” towards gay people.

That’s it for Thursday. We’ll close with another song co-written by Bob Weir: “Sugar Magnolia.”


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.