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Here are some remains of the day.

* Yes, sports fans, another “countdown” to a possible government shutdown as negotiators fight over details of a continuing resolution. Short-term extensions of “deadlines” very likely.

* On another front, House Dems refusing to accept language expanding “conscience clause” on contraception coverage.

* Robert Waldman thinks it’s in everyone’s selfish interests to pretend campaign donors have control over events they don’t actually possess.

* At Ten Miles Square, Seth Masket takes on the time-consuming task of deconstructing a particularly bad Jennifer Rubin column.

* At College Guide, Andre Perry argues that schools should excuse absences caused by participation in civil disobedience actions.

And in non-political news:

* Lousiana station sells gas for 29 cents/gallon. Scary thing is I can remember when that was the standard price for a good while. Got down to 23 cents when a “gas war” broke out.

That’s it for Tuesday. Let’s close with one more Junior Wells/Buddy Guy collaboration, from 1959: “Snatch It Back and Hold It.”


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.