I’m discovering that Brunswick Stew tastes better every day it sits in the refrigerator. And also that making too much of the stuff for company pays off down the road. Our California friends call it “BBQ Soup.”

Here are some remains of the day:

* While Justice Department is charging Ferguson, MO, police with pattern of racially biased behavior, it will not charge Darren Wilson of civil rights violation, citing lack of evidence to prove he was not defending himself.

* Rep. Chris van Hollen first Member of Congress to leap aggressively into race to succeed Barbara Mikulski.

* Attempt to override Keystone XL Pipeline veto falls five votes short in the Senate, to no one’s surprise.

* At Ten Miles Square, Martin Longman notes you don’t have to operate on the same financial playing-field as others when your last name is “Bush.”

* The Other College Guide gets a strong review from the Seattle Times.

And in non-political news:

* NTSB may reopen investigation of 1959 plane crash that killed Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and the Big Bopper.

That’s it for Wednesday. Let’s close with Chris Squires jammin’ on “Astral Traveler” from the early Yes album Time and a Word. I’d almost forgotten how good these guys were before anybody talked about Prog Rock.


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.