There are no musical birthdays I wish to celebrate tomorrow, so the theme is up for grabs. Should I continue with early-to-mid-70s icons? Let me know in the comment thread if you have ideas.

Here are some remains of the day:

* Ron Fournier outdoes himself in divining an anti-Obama HRC positioning from a tweet and blind quotes from people who once advised her or her husband. Ugh.

* Billionaire climate change activist Tom Steyer announces he will not be a Senate candidate in California next year. This is extremely good news for the rest of the field, which could now get crowded.

* Speaking of climate change: breakdown on Senators who did and didn’t vote for amendment affirming belief that human activities are contributing to climate change. Kudos to the five Rs–Alexander, Ayotte, Collins, Graham and Kirk–who made a gesture towards reality.

* At Ten Miles Square, Jonathan Ladd questions whether the constant carping about Obama’s poor relations with Congress, often alluding to LBJ as a model, ignores every precedent since the 60s.

* At College Guide, Andre Perry defends quality public schools as the best long-term defense against domestic terrorism and the best guarantor of tolerance for dissent.

And in non-political news:

* Sorry to be redundant, but this afternoon the news was all about Deflategate and Tom Brady’s press conference.

That’s it for Thursday. We’ll close with a pre-Hunter Mick Ronson clip, because it’s so good. Here’s “Ziggy Stardust,” with Bowie, who often dedicated performances of this song to Ronson.

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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.