I mentioned briefly a while back that I was working on a book (about the midterms, actually). Well, the deadline is screaming up, and I’ll probably take vacation days much of next week to deal with it, assuming we can line up some blogging help. More about that over the weekend or Monday.

Here are some remains of the day:

* Greg Sargent looks at possibility GOP hysteria over immigration action will deter eligible people for signing up. It’s a legitimate fear.

* Peter Beinart sees Obama in immigration action redeeming some of the faith progressives placed in him in 2008.

* Michael Kazin really, really wants Sherrod Brown to run for president.

* At Ten Miles Square, James Wimberly goes deep on design of data presentations.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer discusses the persistence of W.E.B. DuBois’ “talented tenth” theory of lifting minority communities by creating elite-educated leaders.

And in non-political news:

* Jon Voight to play Bear Bryant in upcoming movie.

That’s it for Friday. Martin Longman–and perhaps some new blogging talent!–will be in for the weekend.

Let’s close with the classic “Pa’al Norte” by Calle 13, with an English translation.

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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.