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November 20, 2012 5:49 PM Day’s End and Night Watch

By Ed Kilgore

Many readers, I assume, are already gearing down for the Thanksgiving Weekend, but for those who need a few more news jolts, here you go:

* Here’s Jeffey Toobin’s succinct report on the prospects for—and limited extent of—filibuster reform.

* Good news for The Macker: Sen. Mark Warner not running for his old job as Governor of Virginia in 2013.

* Effort to authorize women as Bishops in Church of England narrowly fails thanks to conservative evangelical opposition.

* At Ten Miles Square, Austin Frakt points out that Obamacare will reduce the incentive for people to postpone retirement which is one of the rationales cited for raise Medicare eligibility age.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer reports on an apparent lack of physical fitness among Chinese college students, and lapses in hygiene among their American counterparts.

And in non-political news:

* List of 10 U.S. housing markets with the most residential vacancies.

Hate that. Here’s commentary from Iggy Pop, performing “Home” in Paris (not family-friendly language, but very family-friendly message!).

Speaking of family, I’m traveling tomorrow to Georgia for Thanksgiving, so posting may be a bit funky time-wise. I’ll be getting help from Ryan Cooper and perhaps others.


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.


  • c u n d gulag on November 20, 2012 6:01 PM:

    Have a safe trip, Ed. And enjoy Thanksgiving - you, your family, and friends.

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  • MuddyLee on November 21, 2012 9:57 AM:

    Thanks for your work, Ed - have a great Thanksgiving.