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March 28, 2013 5:08 PM Day’s End and Night Watch

By Ed Kilgore

I’m writing this from a physician’s office, where I’m waiting to see if I can get a good antibiotic to deal with the Galluping Never-Get-Overs.

Here are some final items of the day:

* Obama formally creates Presidential Commission on Elections, headed by Bob Bauer and Ben Ginsberg, as promised in the SOTU Address. Don’t much think it will work better than the last one, but we can hope.

* Another maybe-better-than-nothing item: Commerce Department revises 4th Quarter 2012 GDP growth estimate from 0.1% to 0.4%.

* At Wonkblog Sarah Kliff posts a handy-dandy map of state abortion restrictions.

* At Ten Miles Square, Jonathan Bernstein exposes and explodes a Heritage Foundation myth about Obamacare costs.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer reports on legislation in Tennessee, that great social-conservative experiment station, to make steep reductions in welfare payments to parents who miss parent-teacher conferences.

And in non-political news:

* Baba Wawa to retire from broadcasting at the age of 83.

To close the day, here again is Van Morrison, performing “And It Stoned Me” at the Montreux Jazz Festival back in 1980.


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.


  • Zorro on March 28, 2013 7:02 PM:

    If you'd done nothing else today, Ed, you did the incredible public service of posting not one, but 2 Van Mo videos.

    Along those lines, here's Van Mo, with Roger Waters + The Band, performing "Comfortably Numb" at Waters' performance of "The Wall" live at the remnants of the Berlin Wall (this is the highlight of the entire concert, IMnsfHO):



  • NealB on March 28, 2013 7:27 PM:

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  • Janet on March 28, 2013 11:06 PM:

    The "Galluping" Never-Get-Overs? Are you being constantly polled? Because that sounds painful.

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