Spent an hour on the phone today (between Lunch Buffet and the post about Bryan Fischer) planning a special roundtable discussion at PA in a couple of months that I think you will enjoy. Stay tuned.

Here are some remains of the day:

* Senate passes bill forcing approval of Keystone XL Pipeline project by 62-38 vote. Now only question is whether House rubber-stamps this version before it is vetoed by the president.

* John McCain tells “low-life scum” of Code Pink to get off his lawn, and out of his hearing.

* To its credit, TNR publishes Jeet Heer’s study of the magazine’s legacy on racial matters. More about this tomorrow.

* Looking for that perfect President’s Day gift? It’s available for pre-order at Amazon.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer reports on a new, comprehensive study of undocumented immigrants at U.S. colleges and universities.

And in non-political news:

* Wow. Gene Hackman was born 85 years ago tomorrow. But he’s not, contra a rumor last week, gone from this vale of tears just yet.

That’s it for Thursday.

I’m thinking a quarter-hour of Uriah Heep is enough for one day. Instead I’ll put up a video brought to mind by the story of the rash of earthquakes hitting Oklahoma lately. It would have been important to the late Michael Been, a native Okie and a pretty serious Christian Lefty, who would have almost certainly issued a remake of The Call’s “Oklahoma” with earthquakes substituted for tornados in the lyrics. I heard them perform this song in a nearly empty theater in Atlanta; it was like a private concert, and was one of my all-time favorite musical experiences. RIP Michael.

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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.