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December 26, 2012 5:59 PM Day’s End and Night Watch

By Ed Kilgore

Having eased back into regular blogging, I’ll try to begin doing some year-end reflections from here on through Monday. Here’s what we’ve got in the way of today’s leftovers:

* Bizarre David Gregory/DC gun law violation saga continues; NBC says Gregory is on vacation and was already scheduled to miss this Sunday’s MTP before the weirdness broke out.

* Reid reiterates unwillingness to bring big fiscal legislation to Senate floor unless House is on board.

* Geithner indicates Treasury will be able to hold off debt limit crisis for another two months.

* At Ten Miles Square, Andrew Cherlin reports on failure of the Bush-era-initiated “healthy marriage” initiative.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer notes soaring cost of college still biggest reason the poor are struggling to get degrees.

And in non-political news:

* UK authorities join CDC in using inquiries about Zombie Apocalypse Plan to improve public understanding of emergency preparedness.

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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.


  • T2 on December 26, 2012 6:19 PM:

    I'm a bit confused. I have heard several reports about the need for the Senate Dems to come up with a proposal on the Fiscal Cliff. But the actually Did Pass a resolution that is now sitting in the House, where the Speaker REFUSES to allow a vote on it because he's afraid it would pass. Why isn't the Media reporting this?

  • TulsaTime on December 26, 2012 7:13 PM:

    We have crossed the bridge if police can tell you it is illegal to show an ammunition magazine. Even possession, in the context of a news show, seems like crazy run amok. The new approach to law enforcement seems to be to ignore laws as they apply to real situations and go crazy otherwise. Taze that bitch of a grandma that will not shut up, but we don't have grounds for indictments of war criminals, financial criminals, and medical defrauders.

    too bad the mayans were wrong....

  • Hue & cry on December 26, 2012 10:38 PM:

    Anyone can anonymously buy these high tech monster weapons and ammunition magazines at gun shows and garage sales, yet a journalist is being scrutinized for holding an ammunition magazine as a mere optic in an important discussion about policies and agendas. And it was one of David Gregory's best moments. It is wacky how things are.

    The attempts to suppress voting rights barely garnished an interest except by those being suppressed.

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