I feel for the shivering people in much of the country. Here the wild Easter Lillies are blooming almost everywhere. I’m not gloating, just grateful.

For all we know, of course, all this beauty could be destroyed any old day by earthquakes or wild fires, and my own access to it depends on money I might not always have. But for now it’s wonderful.

Here are some remains of the day:

* You can follow the fascinating shaping and reshaping of what actually happened in the deal just announced by EU finance ministers and Greece at the Guardian‘s live-blog.

* What a jerk: after expressing disinterest in an anti-union “right to work” bill during his reelection campaign, Scott Walker’s now okayed plans for “fast-tracking” a RTW bill through the WI legislature in a special session beginning next week, after which he’ll sign it.

* The tradition of understated headlines lives on at New York Times: “Ideology Seen as Factor in Closings in University of North Carolina System.” Yup, b’lieve that may have something to do with it.

* At Ten Miles Square, Martin Longman gets to say “toldja so” about U.S. intervention in Libya, which is starting to look like Somalia in the bad old days.

* At College Guide, Andre Perry critiques the concept of the “achievement gap.”

And in semi-non-political news:

* China cracks down on streaming video, targeting shows from U.S., including wildly popular Big Bang Theory.

That’s it for Friday. David Atkins and D.R. Tucker are scheduled for Weekend Blogging, though as usual this season, Boston-based D.R.’s availability may depend on power supplies.

Since it’s a Friday in Lent, we’ll close with the St Peter’s Singers of Leeds and St Peter’s Chamber Orchestra performing the chorale “Ah, Lord when my last end is come” from Bach’s St. John Passion.


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.