We sorta get two Independence Day holidays this year, though here in California state and local government workers do not get today off, and obviously a lot of private sector folk everywhere are working today. It’s good to take a slight break from political junkie frenzy between last week’s big news and whatever madness awaits us as we approach another presidential cycle.

Here are some remains of the day:

* Interesting piece on where Nevada’s Mormon Republicans might go in 2016 Caucuses after going almost unamimously for Mitt the last two cycles.

* At TNR, Brook Wilensky-Lanford looks at some toxic myths about America’s founding.

* At Ten Miles Square Martin Longman addresses the “irrational exuberance” over Bernie Sanders and suggests his supporters could have a big impact if they keep their expectations in check.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer argues that D students–who don’t learn much but still earn academic credit–are a bigger problem for K-12 education than the F students who drop out or head into alternative schools.

* At Republic 3.0, Anne Kim notes that the 4.6 million long-term unemployed Americans–the number you get if you add in marginal and “discouraged” workers–are in danger of slipping permanently out of the workforce, a tragedy for them and for the country.

And in non-political news:

Everybody’s getting ready for Sunday’s Women’s World Cup final at 7:00 PM EDT, when the US faces Japan.

That’s it for July 3. Nancy LeTourneau will be in the house tomorrow and Sunday for weekend blogging. We’ll save for her use, if she wants, the patriotic standards of Independence Day. Here’s a rare performance of the Revolutionary War anthem “Chester,” by a chorus from Fairfax High School.


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.