Seems like most of the people I know in progressive journalism are either on vacation or headed that way next week. But we’ll be keeping on keeping on here. I may take off a couple hours early next Friday to get on a plane, and then curse the airlines for the chimera of internet service, but that’s about it.

Here are some remains of the day.

* Before HRC totally counted out in favor of Sanders or Biden or Gore or a savior-to-be-named-later, worth noting she just snagged Harkin endorsement.

* At Iowa State Fair “soapbox,” Jeb digs himself in deeper on Iraq.

* Krugman worries about Chinese leadership’s “cluelessness” about how to deal with markets.

* At College Guide, Robert Kelchen argues missing element in most plans for dealing with student loan debt is better information for students and parents about college outcomes.

* At The Grade, Alexander Russo discusses exaggerated early estimates of number of students “opting out” of testing in New York.

And in non-political news:

* Ariana Grande surging in measurements of celebrity hostility after she allegedly tampered with doughnuts in grocery store.

That’s it for Friday. Nancy LeTourneau will be in for weekend blogging tomorrow. Let’s close with the first song on the first Steelye Span album: “A Calling-On Song.”


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.