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February 07, 2013 5:23 PM Day’s End and Night Watch

By Ed Kilgore

I’m trying to enjoy that brief anxiety-free calendar space between National Signing Day and Ash Wednesday. But the political types just won’t let me.

Here are some remains of the day:

* Big shock: Catholic Bishops reject HHS compromise on contraception coverage mandate, but welcome further concessions—er, I mean “negotiations.”

* Code Pink protests temporarily halt Brennan hearings.

* At TNR, Tim Starks outlines Congress’ failure to exercise oversight of drones.

* At Ten Miles Square, John Sides notes that Obama’s allegedly liberal inaugural themes pretty popular generally.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer argues U.S. inequality a huge drag on American performance in international measurements of educational achievement.

And in non-political news:

* Connecticut woman draws down w/ semi-automatic weapon during parental dispute at Chuck E. Cheese.

To end the day, here again is the ever-blessed Lucinda Williams performing “Pineola” on VH1 in 2001.

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.


  • MuddyLee on February 07, 2013 5:55 PM:

    Great song and video - Jim Lauderdale on backup vocals.

  • emjayay on February 07, 2013 10:11 PM:

    I'm baffled. Not just for religious institutions, but "Cardinal Dolan also said the proposal refuses to acknowledge conscience rights of business owners who operate their businesses according to their faith and moral values."

    So any Jehovah Witness who owns a business gets to offer his employees only health insurance that does not include payment for blood transfusions or transplants? Any Christian Scientist who owns a business gets to offer only health insurance that does not pay for any treatment other than hiring people to pray for you?

    The original objection was absurd, and now they've doubled down.