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October 23, 2012 6:06 PM Day’s End and Night Watch

By Ed Kilgore

Dreadfully slow news day, for this close to an election. But you never know what minor item will prove to be important later. Here are a few:

* Paul Ryan’s going to deliver a “poverty policy” speech in Colorado tomorrow. Psychic flash: it’s not going to be aimed at poor people.

* At Religion Dispatches, Sarah Posner notes it would have been highly appropriate for the candidates last night to discuss religious freedom—particularly for women—in Israel.

* Romney’s proposed Medicaid funding cuts would make most of the state “innovations” he claims to be supporting impossible.

* John Kerry says he may need an “exorcism” after playing Mitt Romney through all the debate prep.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer reviews reactions of a college student panel to final presidential debate (with links to earlier debate reax).

And in non-political news:

* Iowans may be less concerned about the elections than about KCCI’s closure of Des Moines “weather beacon,” a major landmark that provided weather forecast via colored lights.

Enough. After late-night blogging yesterday, it may be time for a nap. So here’s Richard Manuel (and The Band) performing the perfect mid-afternoon lullaby:


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.


  • SteveJ on October 23, 2012 6:35 PM:

    This is the Band's greatest album. And the more I listen, the more I like songs like "whispering pines" and the haunting "unfaithful servant," "when you awake and the great pro-union "king harvest" even more than the crowd pleasers like the night they drove old dixie down or rag mama rag. One of the top albums of all time.

  • daveminnj on October 23, 2012 6:49 PM:


  • Joe Friday on October 23, 2012 6:59 PM:

    "Paul Ryan's going to deliver a 'poverty policy' speech in Colorado tomorrow."

    Wonder if the nuns on the bus will be there to remind him he is NOT comporting with his Catholic tenants.

  • Decatur Dem on October 23, 2012 8:10 PM:

    Lordy, I do miss Rick and Richard and Levon and Garth and Robbie. Saw 'em at Boston Garden, and again at the Omni in Atlanta (with Dylan!). I miss them as much as I miss Little Feat.
    OK, whimpering over now.

  • Joe Friday on October 23, 2012 8:15 PM:

    NBC News reducing their list of 'battleground states' from 9 down to 7, by giving Nevada to Obama and North Carolina to Romney. Given that standard, they should have given both Nevada and Wisconsin to Obama, but then the MSM always has to give something similar to both sides, nevermind reality.

  • Wednesday's girl on October 24, 2012 5:46 AM:

    MSNBC's programs 'Morning Joe' and 'Way Too Early with Willie Geist' are featuring Romney first and foremost without question. Total progaganda,
    They are another shameless arm of the Republican Party just like Fox News.
    No fairness to the president at all.