Still trying to decide whether to watch the college football national championship game tonight, or instead finish a book I’ve been reading about North Korea. That says a lot about my rooting interest in this game. If I do watch, I’ll be for the Ducks, if only out of longstanding animus towards Urban Meyer. But if I were betting on the game, my money would be on the Buckeyes. Feel free to make your own predictions in the comment thread if you like.

Here are some remains of the day:

* Probably not a complete coincidence: Paul Ryan says he’s not interested in a 2016 presidential run.

* Israeli sources report Hollande only invited Abbas to Paris march after Netanyahu changed his mind and decided to make the trip himself.

* Danny Vinik agrees with Matt Yglesias that National Front’s anti-EU positioning is a legitimate part of its appeal.

* At Ten Miles Square, Charles Ellison defends the idea that a candidate like Rand Paul could exploit quasi-libertarian sentiment among younger voters against an opponent like HRC.

* At College Guide, Kirk Carapezza takes advantage of tonight’s CFB championship to raise once again the the case against big-time college sports.

And in non-political news:

* Yep, ‘shrooms the focus at this weekend’s Fungus Fair in Santa Cruz.

That’s it for Monday. We’ll close with one more Long John Baldry tune, a catchy song with a sketchy video: “Don’t Try To Lay No Boogie-Woogie on the King of Rock-and-Roll!”

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UPDATE: To commenter Jeff Goodby, the book is Suki Kim’s Without You, There Is No Us.

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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.