The news today is making me cranky. Time for a day off.

Here are some remains of the day:

* House passes one and defeats another resolution on Iran nuclear deal, largely on party-line vote (25 Dems voted against approval of the deal), with it all made irrelevant by yesterday’s developments in the Senate.

* This is getting really blatant: New York Times publishes a long tick-tock on HRC’s decision to apologize for emails. You’d think they were reporting on the runup to a war.

* Darrin Lahood, son of Ray, wins special election in IL to succeed resigned-in-disgrace Rep. Aaron Schock.

* At Ten Miles Square, James Wimberly provides his (and others’) answer to a challenge to summarize the history of the world from 1700-2300 A.D. from the perspective of the 30th century.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer looks at the alarming loss of school libraries.

And in non-political news:

* A collapsing crane at Mecca’s Grand Mosque kills at least 87. Had it been during the Hajj, which begins in two weeks….you can only imagine the carnage.

That’s it for Friday. Nancy LeTourneau will be in for Weekend Blogging tomorrow. Let’s close with one more John Martyn performance, from 1978: “Small Hours.”


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.