Kevin Drum, bless him, closes the day with a chuckle by wondering why nobody’s talking about a wall to protect Californians from illegal border crossings via the Pacific Ocean?

Here are some remains of the day:

* Eight Senate Republicans defect on short-term continuing resolution that omits Planned Parenthood funding. Looks like it will be up to House Republicans if the government is to shut down.

* Ben Domenech is a Protestant who yearns for JPII.

* At Ten Miles Square, Martin Longman thinks congressional Republicans have talked themselves into a no-win corner.

* At College Guide, Jon Marcus assesses the enrollment impact of charter schools on traditional private schools.

* At The Grade, Alexander Russo discusses the big “education package” published by Politico, which was funded by Comcast but seems to have been objective.

And in non-political news:

* Here’s the piece on college football and brain injury that may sway you to give up being a fan, or maybe not–focusing on the late Paul Oliver, a Damn Good Dawg from Georgia.

That’s it for Thursday. Let’s close with Willie Kent performing “Boogie All Night Long.”

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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.