Well, the Dawgs lost, as everyone predicted, to Michigan State, but it wound up being even closer than the final score of 70-63. Georgia still had a chance with 20 seconds to go. I think I’ll transfer my fandom to Georgia State, which has already won a game.

Here are some remains of the day:

* Interior Department tightens restrictions on oil/gas fracking on public lands.

* Amanda Marcotte welcomes Lewinsky “comeback tour” as sign of national maturity.

* Steve King questions loyalty to Judaism of Jewish Democrats. How the hell would he know anything about that?

* At Ten Miles Square, Martin Longman discusses the proposed “Sodomite Suppression Act” that’s drawing hostile attention to California’s ballot initiative access system.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer explores decision by Texas State Board of Education to insist textbooks tout Moses’ influence on America’s law and constitution.

And in non-political news:

* Check out photos of this morning’s total eclipse of the sun.

That’s it for Friday. David Atkins and D.R. Tucker are in for Weekend Blogging. It’s a Friday in Lent, so we’ll close with the great hymn of the Passion, “Ah, Holy Jesus,” as performed by the choir of the National Cathedral.


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.