I first heard Koko Taylor (among other great acts) in the mid-1980s sitting in traffic on I-20 in Atlanta morning after morning and listening to a blues show on WRFG. Made life in the state government bureaucracy a lot more bearable.

Here are some remains of the day:

* HRC proposes repealing the Obamacare Cadillac Health Plan Tax, a big union priority. More about that tomorrow.

* At Ten Miles Square, Henry Farrell suggests the MacArthur Foundation would have done much better giving Ta-Nehisi Coates a “genius award” five years ago when he really needed the exposure and the money.

* Also at Ten Miles Square, Martin Longman argues that Ted Cruz has delegitimized himself with Senate colleagues to quite possibly an unprecedented extent.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer criticizes idea Pell recipients have low graduation rates because they need “coaching.” More likely, they just can’t afford to stay in college even with Pell Grants.

* At Republic 3.0, Steven Rose pushes back against the latest wave of fear about the workforce implications of robotics.

And in non-political news:

* Tropical Storm Joaquin menaces East Coast.

That’s it for Tuesday. Let’s close with Koko Taylor and Muddy Waters performing “I Got What It Takes.”


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.