So I hear the baseball post-season begins tonight with the Yankees facing the–Astros? I totally missed the Astros changing leagues. That’s how closely I follow baseball these days, after once being a fanatic Bill James disciple.

Here are some remains of the day:

* Justice Department to release 6,000 federal inmates convicted of non-violent drug offenses.

* At Vox, Dylan Matthews suggests few if any politicians ready to support large-scale reductions in gun ownership necessary to make dent in gun crimes.

* At Ten Miles Square, Martin Longman argues Democrats cannot be pure party of the left because they bear responsibility for making government function.

* At College Guide, Emmanuel Felton discusses Andrew Cuomo’s backtracking on Common Core and what it may mean for the initiative nationally.

* At Republic 3.0, Olivia Golden of the Center for Law and Social Policy offers a comprehensive agenda for combatting child poverty.

And in non-political news:

* Car brand rankings per customer satisfaction range from Lexus to Fiat. The Pope would beg to differ.

That’s it for Tuesday. Let’s close with one more Little Sonny tune: the fabulously titled and very funky “Eli’s Pork Chop.”

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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.