My wife’s returning from a business trip tonight, one of several in a row, so we’re declaring it a LOB (Lay On Butt) Saturday. Hope you all get some rest as well.

Here are some remains of the day:

* At the Plum Line, Paul Waldman reports initial polling shows even a majority of Republicans not following HRC email story, and no damage so far to her standing.

* Plot thickens as Vladimir Putin continues to be AWOL.

* Boone location for Iowa GOP Straw Poll defended because of the rustic site’s “Iowaness.” Okaaaay.

* At the Atlantic, Kent Greenfield argues SAE racist chanting may outstrip intended protections of First Amendment.

* At Ten Miles Square, Seth Masket reports on legislation from the two Senators from Colorado to make it criminal offense for their peers to abandon their jobs–like during a government shutdown.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer notes the Koch Brothers influence at George Mason University is producing some strange lectures in favor of formal oligarchical government.

And in non-political news:

* Crazy strong Cat 5 Cyclone Pam hits Vanuatu Islands.

That’s it for Friday. Nancy LeTourneau will be in for Weekend Blogging. And again, it’s a Friday in Lent, so here’s some appropriate music: Purcell’s “Remember, Not, Lord, Our Offences,” as performed by the choir of Clare College, Cambridge.


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.