A really slow news day where you had to think a bit deeper. That’s good, at least now and then, even at a news-cycle blog.

Here are some remains of the day:

* Sarah Posner explains why Jeb Bush’s “new way” of talking about same-sex marriage winds up in the same old homophobic places.

* A new Palin saga. I won’t write about it if I can help it, but here it is from the Arctic Avenger’s Facebook page.

* At The Page, Alexander Russo slices and dices reaction to a report comparing national and state test results. It’s not easy, as he suggests.

* At Ten Miles Square, Marquette’s Julia Azari reminds us that former and perhaps future WI Sen. Russ Feingold has an independent, bipartisan strain that makes progressives unhappy.

* At College Guide, Jill Barshay examines the benefits–and the lack thereof–of various community college certificates.

And in non-political news:

* Have to go with the headline: “Warren Sapp — Guilty In Hooker Case … Cuts AMAZING Plea Deal.” Isn’t that what being rich & famous in America is all about?

That’s it for Monday. We’ll close with the Devo song that appeals, rightly or wrongly, to the libertarian faction of the band’s following: “Freedom of Choice.”

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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.