For those who wonder, yes, I watched Georgia play another terrible football game on Saturday, in which they blew a 21-point lead and lost the magnificent Nick Chubb for the season. Is basketball starting soon?

Here some remains of this Columbus Day:

* CNN surveys show HRC with 50% in Nevada and 49% in SC, offsetting some of the bad news from IA and NH.

* McConnell appoints task force to consider changes in filibuster rules to get bills to Obama. More about that tomorrow.

* At Ten Miles Square, Martin Longman thinks no quarter for the Freedom Caucus is the only way to get the House functioning again.

* At College Guide, Jon Marcus touts business/civic partnerships that improve college attendance rates where federal and state governments have failed.

* At Republic 3.0, Anne Kim examines evidence that “soft power” pays off in trade benefits.

And in non-political news:

* Late Royals rally against Astros keeps team’s hopes alive in MLB playoffs.

That’s it for Columbus Day. I would say we’ll be back to regular blogging tomorrow, but we’ve got the wrinkle of debate live-blogging tomorrow night and a hiatus in the afternoon.

As suggested, here’s PFM (Premiata Forneria Marconi) with “Celebration,” performed in 1974.

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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.