We’ll be back to our regularly scheduled blogging tomorrow. But here are some of the scattered news/views items that emerged on this Memorial Day:

* Final numbers for Irish marriage equality referendum show an astonishing 62% voting “yes.”

* GOP presidential hopefuls not being real specific about how they’d fight IS–and Jeb Bush is probably the haziest.

* At TNR, Lauren Sandler examines the emergence of paid family leave as a serious progressive agenda item.

* At the Atlantic, Derek Thompson argues the economy hasn’t improved much at all for young people.

* At The Grade Alexander Russo critiques a WaPo education blog where it’s often difficult to figure out who’s writing what.

And in non-political news:

D.C. tops list of priciest jurisdictions for home sales.

That’s it for Memorial Day. We’ll close with a song about those lost to acts of wars and the mothers who mourn them, from Sleater-Kinney: “Sympathy.”


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.