Sorry about the troll who took over the “Culture War Video” thread. I anticipated this might happen after getting Twitter-violated, but didn’t watch closely enough. It seems antichoicers and the more aggressive conservatives generally decided upon reading the “story” that it would be a good day to demand that the whole world, most especially us godless liberals, agree they were right about the nature of Planned Parenthood and perhaps abortion itself. We spoiled their fun by not cooperating, though if I had wanted to “hide” on this issue I sure wouldn’t have written about it.

Here are some remains of the day:

* Violent protests break out in Athens as parliament debates creditor demands.

* New data indicates that “veteran leftwinger” Jeremy Corbyn gaining strength in campaign to become next British Labour Party leader.

* Greg Sargent cites new polling showing GOP rank-and-file hostility to Obamacare driving Republicans further away from general public.

* At Ten Miles Square, Martin Longman explains why it’s taken Obama so long to get around to criminal justice reform.

* At College Guide, Kirk Carapezza questions the feasibility of “debt-free college.”

And in non-political news:

* Toys R Us shutting down flagship FAO Schwartz store on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan.

That’s it for Wednesday. We’ll close with Linda Ronstadt’s cover of Warren Zevon’s “Poor Poor Pitiful Me,” as performed in Atlanta in 1977. Linda was always extra-popular in Atlanta.

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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.