Ending the day exactly on time after beginning it exactly on time. Don’t expect it to happen often.

Here are some remains of the day:

* Federal grand jury hands down 14-count felony indictment of Sen. Robert Menendez of NJ for fraud and conspiracy to commit bribery.

* Joshua Green cites poli sci theory of how “media storms” develop to explain why Mike Pence got blindsided by reaction to Indiana “religious liberty” bill.

* Iran nuke talks extended at least until Thursday morning in effort to obtain “understanding” for agreement to be reached by the end of June.

* At Ten Miles Square, Mark Kleiman defends his “graduated reentry” strategy for prisoners who actually do pose a threat to themselves and to others against those who argue for unconditional deincarceration.

* At College Guide, Nichole Dobo discusses online fundraising by cash-strapped schools.

And in non-political news:

* Megachurch evangelist Robert Schuller reportedly near death. But Joni Mitchell seems to be doing “just fine.”

That’s it for April Fool’s Day. I was debating whether to end the day with the Beatles’ “Fool on the Hill” (a favorite nickname for various Members of Congress over the years) or Aretha Franklin’s “Chain of Fools.” Then I found this:


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.