It’s kind of weird to me that my ancient service in the cause of getting rid of the Confederate Battle Flag has become topical. I was interviewed by HuffPost’s Sam Stein today, but perhaps the catch-up activism of South Carolina Republicans is making the whole issue moot. I certainly hope so.

Here are some remains of the day:

* The President will deliver the eulogy in Charleston Friday for his friend Clementha Pinckney. I dare anybody to call this “pandering.”

* U.S. advisors and Iranian-backed militias sharing a base in Iraq, which should surprise no one.

* At Ten Miles Square, John Patty suggests in reference to the TPA/TPP fight that political scientists’ predictions become less accurate the more specific the issues become.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer looks at the states where new law school graduates have no prospects at all.

* At The Grade, Alexander Russo discusses the media treatment of issues raised by Rachel Cohen on charter schools and unions.

And in non-political news:

* Speith and McIroy heading up the post-Tiger youth movement in golf.

That’s it for Monday. We’ll close with the ultimate non-surfer summer song of my own generation: The Lovin’ Spoonful’s “Summer in the City.”


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.