So here I am late on a Friday afternoon raging at the dishonesty of the RTL movement! With all due respect and thanks to those still reading, it’s probably time for a drink, and certainly a break before I resume reading Huckabee!

Here are some remains of the day:

* Interesting John Fund piece suggesting Iowa conservatives will punish Scott Walker if he doesn’t veto a new casino and also push for a right-to-work bill in Wisconsin.

* Joan McCarter reports on unintentionally hilarious Obamacare hearing by Senate Republicans where bill to boost threshold for employer mandate to 40 hours did not do well.

* As Greg Sargent notes, Rand Paul may have really stepped in it by suggesting over half of people on Social Security Disability just have back aches or are “anxious.” This one bears following.

* At Ten Miles Square, Amar Bhide argues against tendency to say you are protecting the civil liberty of free speech by violating other civil liberties via greater surveillance.

* At College Guide, Jason Delisle busts myths surrounding the year-round Pell Grant program, which made (and makes) plenty of sense.

And in non-political news:

* Is nothing sacred? Parent firm of SkyMall magazine files for bankruptcy protection.

That’s it for Friday. D.R. Tucker and David Atkins are back for Weekend Blogging. So after paying respects to Django Reinhardt, there’s just not much on YouTube I can post (one “video” cannot be embedded, and another’s mislabeled as Reinhardt). So to close the day, and just for fun, I’ll post the Sparks video I had originally teed up this morning. Forgive me, pjcamp.

This was an actual European pop hit in 1974 for the Brothers Mael and their band (from L.A.): “This Town Ain’t Big Enough For Both of Us.” Maybe I should have posted this below the story of Jeb and Mitt meeting in Utah. Anyway, it’s a lip-synched (not always successfully!) performance on Top of the Pops.

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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.