Was about to get suckered into caring about the NBA playoffs for the first time in several decades, and then the Hawks lost game 1 of the conference finals at home to LeBron.

Here are some remains of the day:

* Shocker: Bill Kristol still wrong about Iraq!

*Boy Scouts president calls for end to ban on gay adult scout leaders.

* At Ten Miles Square, Martin Longman discusses hitherto unexamined parallels between Republican presidential candidate debates and the English Premier League.

* At College Guide, Robert Kelchen argues “overborrowing” isn’t exactly how you should describe the student loan problem.

* At The Grade, Alexander Russo notes critics of Anya Kamanetz’s book on educational testing will be happy with NPR’s decision to stop on-air publicity for their hosts’ books.

And in non-political news:

* Domestic violence charges against Ray Rice dismissed after pretrial intervention program.

That’s it for Thursday. We’ll close with Robert Fripp & Brian Eno performing one of their collaborations: “Evensong.”


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.