Sorry for getting a little off the beaten path in the post on National Review, but I’ve been reading that magazine off and on for decades, and always had a hearty appreciation for Buckley (yes, I know his sins, but anybody who read his books or watched Firing Line couldn’t entirely write him off as useless, and he was actually very good on religion) and the relatively improvisational conservatism NR once represented.

Here are some remains of the day:

* Afghan government claims Taliban leader Mohammad Omar died in Pakistan in 2013.

* Media got all excited this morning about a back-bench challenge to John Boehner, but it ended around lunch-time best I can tell.

* At Ten Miles Square, Keith Humphreys offers a brief but eloquent tribute to open-mindedness.

* At The Grade, Alexander Russo draws attention to a Key & Peele parody on how we treat teachers.

* At Republic 3.0, Anne Kim discusses a new Stanford study that pours cold water on the great American myth of upward mobility.

And in non-political news:

* Northeast getting another extended dose of hot-hazy-humid.

That’s it for Wednesday. We’ll close with one more Charlie Christian performance: “As Long As I Live.”

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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.