Have multiple deadlines tomorrow in addition to the Blogging Dozen. Wish me luck.

Here are some remains of the day:

* CBO estimates this year’s federal budget deficit will be lowest as percentage of GDP since 2007, and close to 50-year-average.

* S&P downgrades Russia’s debt instruments to junk. Yeah, Romney was a prophet saying these guys were peer competitors.

* U.S. closes embassy in Yemen after Shi’a rebels force resignation of Yemeni president.

* At Ten Miles Square, John Stoehr argues ex-captive Alan Gross, feted at SOTU, wasn’t innocent and arguably isn’t a hero.

* At College Guide, Jill Barshay reports new research debunks the idea that teaching profession only attracting worst college students.

And in non-political news:

* NFL indicates it will probably get to the bottom of “DeflateGate” in “a few weeks.” Breakneck speed.

That’s it for Monday. I’m going to close with the Lucinda Williams anthem that somehow eluded becoming an actual commercial hit: “I Lost It,” performed in Ithaca, New York, in 2011.


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.