I had an exciting Saturday night watching my Georgia Bulldogs pummel a very good Auburn team, only to watch Todd Gurley go down to a season-ending knee injury late in his first game back from an undeserved four-game NCAA limbo. Thanks for the memories, Todd.

Here are some remains of the day:

* MO governor Jay Nixon declares an anticipatory 30-day state of emergency for Ferguson. Think maybe the grand jury’s not going to indict Michael Brown’s killer? Need a Ouija Board?

* Lawsuits against Harvard and UNC-Chapel Hill aim at convincing SCOTUS’ conservative majority to flatly ban racial preferences in college admissions.

* Good summary by WaPo’s Alexandra Petri of the crazy-but-real story of “Pointergate,” wherein the mayor of Minneapolis was accused of making a gang sign by pointing at a black person.

* At Ten Miles Square, Seth Masket takes on a claim that the Democratic Party lost the South because of an insufficiently progressive message.

* At College Guide, Jill Barshay deplores, as we all should, the level of vocational training available in this country.

And in sorta non-political news:

* Church of England finally approves women as bishops.

That’s it for Monday. Let’s close with a fine performance by Nils Lofgren at Musikfest in Bethlehem, PA, in 2004. The song is from the same album as “Can’t Buy a Break,” but looks forward defiantly: “The Sun Hasn’t Set On This Boy Yet.” Still true, and his contemporaries (like me!) can identify.


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.