Just to be clear (and to reassure C U N D Gulag!), my query about the future of news-cycle blogging earlier today was not some sort of distant early warning of a radical change in format here, or of any imminent retirement plans (as if!). It’s just that I’m feeling a bit lonely doing this kind of commentary lately, and wondered if I was imagining things. I wasn’t, but unless you think any kind of work that’s not on the cultural cutting edge must be stopped immediately, it only matters at the margins. Plenty of bandwidth to go around, even for us old-school folk.

Here are some remains of the day:

* TNR’s Rebecca Leber has a rundown on which countries are where with respect to tomorrow’s supposed deadline for climate change action plans.

* Dairy farmers who need year-round workers despairing over delays in comprehensive immigration reform.

* Paul Waldman notes GOP appeals to gun culture getting diminishing results as fewer people own more guns.

* At Ten Miles Square, Martin Longman examines some really sketchy policy “ideas” from Carly Fiorina.

* At College Guide, Kevin Carey compares the colleges of the future to the Carnegie Library system.

And in non-political news:

* Listicle for dreamers: 19 jobs that offer high pay and low stress.

That’s it for Monday. I’ve looked ahead to tomorrow’s musical birthdays, and with all due respect to Mick Ralphs and Angus Young, I’m going to declare a Second Day of Clapton. So here’s Cream performing “Crossroads.”


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.