Programming notice: On Wednesday I’m taking the day–though not the night–off, and Nancy LeTourneau will take the controls until I return to live-blog the CNBC debate.

Here are some remains of the day:

* Greg Sargent warns Republican presidential candidates could undermine any budget deal their congressional leaders reach with the White House.

* TNR’s Jeet Heer suggests Republicans forget about debates and just hold some duels.

* At Ten Miles Square, Harold Pollack offers a stirring tribute to heroic school workers who risked their lives in shooting incidents.

* At College Guide, Robert Kelchen mulls the propriety of federal financial aid for students at expensive employer-sponsored “boot camps.”

* At Republic 3.0, Anne Kim notes a woman would not be getting the leeway Paul Ryan is receiving for attempting work/family balance.

And in non-political news:

* Our own Martin Longman offers some remarkably powerful thoughts amidst his grief over the death of his brother Andrew. RIP.

That’s it for Monday. Let’s close with one more performance from The Roches, from 1978, about the job you leave and then long to get back: “Mr. Sellack.”


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.