Well, the Great Storm of 2014 has ended in my part of California, though not elsewhere, and we can put away the pots used to catch drops from a couple of leaks. I’m glad blogging wasn’t interrupted, though I did lapse into an unscheduled nap right before posting Day’s End.

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Here are some only slightly soggy news/views items:

* Doesn’t help the aroma surrounding the Cromnibus that Jamie Dixon was whipping Members before the vote.

* But Kevin Drum reports Democrats got some tangible benefits from Cromnibus, even if they aren’t much explaining it.

* Michele Bachmann got right into the spirit of the season at the White House Christmas Party, using rare face-time with Obama to advise bombing Iran.

* Danny Vinik (or at least the headline of a Danny Vinik article) suggests without specific evidence that Elizabeth Warren may have decided to run for president.

* At the Prospect, Sarah Mehta explains Obama’s executive order doesn’t eliminate border patrol enforcement discretion entirely.

And in non-political news:

* Pope Francis appears to contradict his predecessor by suggesting animals can go to heaven.

As we break for lunch, here’s another Blue Eyes classic from In the Wee Small Hours: “I Get Along Without You Very Well.”

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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.