I’ve been watching a locksmith get into and out of his service truck for a while just outside my window. I’m not the one in need, fortunately. But it brings back some memories of when I was, like arriving home in a state of insane exhaustion after the 1996 Democratic National Convention at 3:00 AM and realizing I’d lost my front door key.

Here are some remains of the day:

* Jeb outraises Rubio in third quarter, but Rubio has more cash-on-hand. Again, these are campaign funds, not Super-PACs.

* Good backgrounder at FT on ISIS’ oil funds.

* At Ten Miles Square, Martin Longman reminds us that Harry Truman “used” the armed forces as a “cauldron of social change” (Ted Cruz’s negative term for non-discrimination rules) by integrating them.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer again defends his contention that the best way to improve educational outcomes may be to give more money not to schools but to poor people–and not for vouchers but for their standard of living.

* Reinforcing Bernie Sanders’ argument about the dark side of American Exceptionalism, at Republic 3.0 Anne Kim notes US is dead last among OECD countries in paid maternity leave.

And in non-political news:

* Traditional powers Kentucky and North Carolina tie for number one in preseason college basketball coach’s poll.

That’s it for Thursday. Let’s close with another Robert Ward/Ry Cooder/Nick Lowe collaboration: “Forgive Me Darling.”

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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.