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May 22, 2012 6:01 PM Day’s End and Night Watch

By Ed Kilgore

Nothing like a quick romp through Tudor history to bring the day to a close! But here are some news leftovers:

* No surprise here, but worth noting that Gallup reports 82% of U.S. Catholics find birth control “morally acceptable.” I doubt they are talking about the rhythm method.

* At WSJ’s MarketWatch, Rex Nutting notes that federal spending since Obama got hold of the wheel has risen at slowest pace since Ike’s first term.

* At Ten Miles Square, Jonathan Bernstein discusses rising age of incoming senators in recent years.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer assesses five different avenues for dealing with out-of-control student loan debt.

* At TNR, Tim Noah shreds David Brooks’ argument that private equity firms like Bain represent a “reform movement.”

And in non-political news:

* Inventor of TV remote control device dies at 96.

Back tomorrow morning, hoping that Bookergate will be gone for good, along with all these defenses of Bain Capitol as a place filled with the milk of human kindness.

Selah.

Ed Kilgore is a contributing writer to the Washington Monthly. He is managing editor for The Democratic Strategist and a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute. Find him on Twitter: @ed_kilgore.

Comments

  • dp on May 22, 2012 6:22 PM:

    Those Catholics better watch out -- their bishops might sue them.

  • Kathryn on May 22, 2012 7:22 PM:

    Wonder what percentage of the remaining 18% are over child bearing age?

  • James E Powell on May 22, 2012 8:09 PM:

    I think it would be worthwhile to ask the bishops how it came to be that they are so far out of step with their flock, or maybe it's the other way around.

    The question is, for whom do they speak?

  • Alan on May 22, 2012 8:15 PM:

    The number of federal employees also has not risen the way the right wing would have you believe. There aren't any more today than there were in 1970.

  • 2Manchu on May 22, 2012 9:48 PM:

    "At WSJ’s MarketWatch, Rex Nutting notes that federal spending since Obama got hold of the wheel has risen at slowest pace since Ike’s first term."

    That can't be right!

    Obama's supposed to have been spending money left and right, up and down, turning America into the next Greece and Weimar Germany, combined.

    You mean the GOP and their conservative allies have been LYING???

    Well, there's a real kick in the teeth.

  • RalfW on May 22, 2012 10:33 PM:

    Wow, David Brooks really hits new lows in hackitude with this one. I once had respect for Brooks. Shame on me, I suppose. Or he's gotten a whole lot worse.
    Or both.

  • mudwall jackson on May 23, 2012 8:28 AM:

    what people tend to forget (especially republicans) is that a big percentage of the stimulus bill came in the form of TAX CUTS. which is one reason why the tax rate is the lowest since the ike era.

    ya think the news pages should be mandatory reading for the clowns on the wsj editorial board? nah! wouldn't do any good. intellectual dishonesty is required to sit on that august body.

  • Ron Byers on May 23, 2012 8:28 AM:

    "At WSJ’s MarketWatch, Rex Nutting notes that federal spending since Obama got hold of the wheel has risen at slowest pace since Ike’s first term." This factoid from the Wall Street Journal is going to blow the minds of my Republican brothers.

  • boatboy_srq on May 23, 2012 8:45 AM:

    At WSJ’s MarketWatch, Rex Nutting notes that federal spending since Obama got hold of the wheel has risen at slowest pace since Ike’s first term.

    There's a lot of GOPer congresscritters who are at once celebrating keeping runaway gubmint in check and whinging that gubmint, despite their best efforts, continues to grow. And of course when your goal is shrinking Teh Big Bad Gubmint, any growth is bad.

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    At TNR, Tim Noah shreds David Brooks’ argument that private equity firms like Bain represent a “reform movement.”

    Bain is a reform movement like arsenic is a mineral.