Okay, I’ve read just enough “amens” in the comment thread to say that at some point next week I’ll try out the “What are you listening to?” open thread so you people can educate me and each other with links to or discussion of the new stuff (or even stuff that’s new to you) that’s tickling your ears and/or minds. Should be fun.

Here are some remains of the day:

* At TNR, an OB/GYN looks at the manipulative use of nonmedical language by the anti-choicers exploiting the Planned Parenthood “sting” videos.

* Nope, there’s no DOJ “criminal probe” of HRC emails, but that doesn’t keep Ron Fournier from demanding one.

* At Ten Miles Square, Martin Longman notes past nativist nightmares never came true.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer discusses the lessons Catholic schools are learning from public charter schools.

* At The Grade, Alexander Russo is bullish about BuzzFeed‘s new coverage of the business of education.

* At Republic 3.0 Anne Kim examines “benefit companies”–for-profit enterprises with a social mission.

And in sorta non-political news:

* Anthem buys Cigna–or will if regulators approve it.

That’s it for Friday. D.R. Tucker and David Atkins will be in tomorrow for Weekend Blogging. We’ll close with one more virtuoso Gentle Giant performance: “Proclamation,” on German TV in 1974.


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.