Just a year and four days until the General Election of 2016, which could change all our lives for better or worse.

Here are some remains of the day:

* At the Atlantic, Garrett Epps offers a meditation on the importance of free speech rights–and the unequal burden these rights also impose on minorities.

* At Ten Miles Square, Martin Longman views the career of the late Ahmed Chalabi as an object-lesson in the Middle Eastern blundering of the U.S.

* Also at Ten Miles Square, Gilad Edelman reports on Supreme Court oral arguments in the Spokeo v. Robins case, and suspects the Chief Justice is on board the idea of a distinction between “real-life” and “legal” injury.

* At College Guide, Jason Delisle offers fresh and skeptical research on tuition tax benefits.

* At Republic 3.0, Anne Kim reminds us why “flat tax” schemes are inherently unfair.

And in non-political news:

* A Rams fans says Todd Gurley brought the fun back.

That’s it for Wednesday. We’ll close with a double dose of blue-eyed soul with Delbert McClinton and Bonnie Raitt performing “Good Man, Good Woman” on Letterman.

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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.