It’s hard for me to hear Billie Holiday’s voice without thinking of Lou Reed’s tribute to her, on the Berlin album, titled “Lady Day.” I’m already at my YouTube embedding limit today, so if you don’t know the song and want to hear it, go here.

Here are some remains of the day:

* DC’s power outage today is a recommendation for a re-reading of Jeffrey Leonard’s 2012 piece for WaMo on the huge problems with the electrical grid.

* ThinkProgress‘ Tara Culp-Ressler explains North Carolina conservatives’ assault on abortion training for would-be OB/GYN’s at UNC and East Carolina medical schools.

* At Salon, David Dayen reports on the bottled California water being sold by Nestle even as Californians adjust to water use restrictions.

* At Ten Miles Square, Richard Skinner warns heavy use of (c)(4) organizations–like Jeb Bush’s Right to Rise–in 2016 presidential campaign could bring back and then modernize campaign finance abuses of the 1990s.

* At College Guide, Andre Perry charges that Bobby Jindal’s college appropriations cuts are so large that he’s basically expecting higher tuitions to finance state government.

And in non-political news:

* Summer gasoline prices projected to be nearly a third lower than last year, and lowest in six years.

That’s it for Tuesday. We’ll close with one more Billie Holiday hit, performed live, which some of you may remember from a 1960s cover by Blood, Sweat & Tears: “God Bless the Child.”

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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.