It’s been very active this week on Monterey Bay. It’s pupping season for Harbor Seals, who occupy a number of protected beaches where the mothers feed and train their pups. And there have also been a goodly number of Humpback Whales offshore, their spouts clearly visible this morning. Wonderful.

Here are some remains of the day:

* First step towards congressional approval of Trans-Pacific Partnership taken as Wyden agrees to deal with Finance Committee Republicans over “fast-track” authority. More about this tomorrow.

* Same Marquette Law School poll that showed Scott Walker losing ground in Wisconsin also shows Russ Feingold trouncing Ron Johnson in a rematch of their 2010 contest.

* Bill Oesterle, vocal critic of IN “religious liberty” bill, steps down as CEO of Angie’s List, reportedly considering primary challenge to Mike Pence.

* At Ten Miles Square, Anne Kim interviews Max Stier on ways to improve the number of Millennials entering government employment.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer shows why expanding educational achievement would not have much of an impact on wealth inequality.

And in non-political news:

* Huge sandstorm freaks out residents of Beijing.

That’s it for Thursday. Given the whale sightings here today, I think we’ll close with Procol Harum performing “Whaling Stories,” from the wonderful 1970 Home album, in Denmark in 2006. Gary Brooker didn’t lose a step, or a note, in all those years.

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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.