Got some serious rest last week; thanks to Charles Ellison for accepting the holidays as a good time to try out blogging at PA! I’m hoping (and expecting) he’ll return soon; I love the mix of voices we are beginning to develop ’round here.

Here are some remains of the day:

* TPM’s Sahlil Kapur explains why this year’s “revolt” against Boehner another tempest in teapot.

* White House still not signaling what it will do with Keystone XL Pipeline bill.

* Leon Wieseltier lands at The Atlantic.

* Air Force saying its drone fleet strained to the breaking point.

* At Ten Miles Square, Keith Humphreys argues most consequential departure from British political traditions is public opinion “fracturing” that leads to habit of coalition governments.

And in non-political news:

* Good news: price of crude dips below $50 a barrel. Bad news: Dow drops over 300 points.

That’s it for the first Monday of 2015. We’ll close with a tune from the 1992 R.E.M. album Automatic For the People, which, as some of you probably know, is the motto of the fantastic Athens soul food joint, Weaver D’s. Here’s “Drive.”

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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.