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March 08, 2013 5:53 PM Day’s End and Weekend Watch

By Ed Kilgore

‘Twas a livelier week that it looked to be initially, what with the slow-moving riot of the sequester deadening news for a while. Here are some final news/view items of the day and week:

* Chait provides full-context mocking of James K. Glassman for never-say-die renewal of Dow 36,000 prophecy.

* David Corn reports Rand Paul immediately capitalizing on filibuster with fundraising missives.

* Should have noted this earlier today: the president who signed DOMA into law now calls on Supremes to declare it unconstitutional.

* At Ten Miles Square, Jonathan Bernstein, that staunch critics of the value of “talking filibuster” requirements, offers his assessment of the Paul filibuster.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer assesses a Progressive Policy Institute proposal on addressing student debt levels.

And in non-political news:

* At New York Times Magazine, Maxine Swann tells cautionary tale of a Chapel Hill physics professor now in an Argentine prison after online dating incident gone horribly awry. Kinda like Big Bang Theory meets Midnight Express.

Okay, time for the weekend to get under way. Our own Ryan Cooper will be on blogging duty tomorrow and Sunday. But for now, here’s Robert Earl Keen again, kicking it with “Corpus Christi Bay” in New Braunfels in 2011.


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.


  • Shane Taylor on March 08, 2013 8:06 PM:

  • monkey_in_holland on March 09, 2013 3:36 AM:

    With it being the 10th year anniversary of the Iraq War, I'm surprised there hasn't been greater coverage of the Guardian's well-researched article on how torture became standard operating procedure, tying figures from the dirty wars in Central America to Baghdad and Gen Petraeus.

  • square1 on March 09, 2013 9:20 AM:

    The editorial Bill Clinton should have written:

    "I signed a discriminatory bill into law despite the fact that it was unconstitutional for rank political purposes. My Bad!

    I did so because, at the time, I valued the counsel and wisdom of Dick Morris foremost of all my political advisors....for that egregious error in judgment, my eternal apologies to the country and the planet.

    I now call upon the Supreme Court to correct my mistake. I call upon a Supreme Court which has become significantly more conservative since DOMA was signed thanks, in no small part, to the misguided 'tringulation' politics that I have practiced, which undermined the Democratic brand and liberal ideology. Again....ooops!"

  • anonymous me on March 09, 2013 12:50 PM:

    Stunning that Economist Jeffrey Sachs would demean himself and his own legacy to team with ever-devious, bloviating pundit Joe Scarborough to write an article belittling Paul Krugman.
    Best comment on the web:

    ----Scarborough is being "groomed" for a return to elected politics, and there seems to be a concerted effort around him -particularly around NBC- to get him face time wherever possible. The writing, the Sunday shows, the endless amounts of oxygen he uses M-F...all very predictable formula for pre-electoral positioning. If you've spent a decent amount of time watching Morning Joe, you realize he is smart enough to listen to the smartest person in the room (at the time) and repeat what they are saying - usually by asserting he's been saying it for years.
    What Sachs is posturing for, who knows- maybe future Sec of State or Treasurer in the Scarborough administration. It is clear he is flexible while maintaining a position at the 50-yd-line, and it is so transparent to someone like me, so the motives of his powerful godfathers have to be worrysome---gee

  • evodevo on March 09, 2013 9:28 PM:

    As for the physics prof in Argentina, I don't know what it is about physics that attracts loonies, but several of the most bizarre people I knew were physics majors.....

  • anonymous me on March 09, 2013 9:54 PM:

    All this hooting and hollering in favor of Rand Paul--remember this libertarian wants to control a woman's reproductive rights and outlaw abortion:

    "...Sen. Rand Paul (R) decided to offer a "fetal personhood" amendment to the bill. The amendment Paul offered would define "when life begins" and would extend certain legal protections to fetuses starting at the moment of conception, thus outlawing abortion.
    Sen.Paul says that he is "just trying to get a vote for people who elected me." Senate Majority Leader Reid says "I think this is outlandish" and "I am not going to put up with that on flood insurance..."

    Read more: http://digitaljournal.com/article/327465#ixzz2N6LC4wrR