Boy, what a brutal week. Maybe Monday will be easier, and then we have a federal holiday (albeit a very solemn one) on Tuesday! Yeah, I feel better.

Here are some remains of the day:

* Unclear how much national help Mary Landrieu can get for her December runoff now that Senate control is off table–but she won in similar circumstances in 2002.

* Ben Carson better hope his big biographical video about to run in 22 states is a boffo hit, since it cost him his gig at Fox News.

* Amidst all the phony talk of what Congress and the president theoretically could accomplish in near future, Russell Berman offers a look at what they have to do.

* At Ten Miles Square, James Wimberly discusses the complicated politics of the upcoming UN climate treaty.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer examines the impending end of the current Common Application for college admissions.

In non-political news:

* At TNR, Alice Robb looks at the connections between the University of Pennsylvania’s “insecure” Ivy League Status and its rep as a big-time party school.

That’s it for Friday. Martin Longman will be in for Weekend Blogging. We’ll close with one more Johnny Rivers tune, perhaps the most iconic TV theme song of them all: “Secret Agent Man:”


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.