So the brief February central California monsoon seems to have ended, leaving puddles and mushrooms but not enough water for most plants, animals and humans.

Here are some remains of the day:

* Ashton Carter okayed as SecDef by unanimous vote of Senate Armed Services Committee. Actually kind of amazing.

* Emails from his governorship published by Jeb Bush failed to redact names, email addresses, and even Social Security numbers of many correspondents. Yikes.

* World Jewish population still hasn’t recovered to pre-Holocaust levels; in Europe, there remain an estimated 1.4 million Jews.

* CDC director subtly explodes Bill Cassidy’s measles-comes-from-illegal-immigrants hypothesis.

* At Ten Miles Square, Seth Masket looks at research on California’s Top Two Primary system and concludes the impact on the system more modest than most expected.

* At College Guide, Michael O’Hare shoots several new holes into the belief that teacher quality is a “trait” that can be easily or fairly measured.

And in non-political news:

* Heinz unveiling Sriracha flavored ketchup. I prefer the straight sauce with the rooster on the bottle.

That’s it for Tuesday. We’ll close with a much more obscure, but felicitously titled, Ventures song, which I actually remember, God help me: “Cookout Freakout on Lookout Mountain”:

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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.