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April 26, 2013 6:02 PM Day’s End and Weekend Watch

By Ed Kilgore

Well, the pop-up ad problem has gotten better (at least if you refresh the page), and we’re still working on it, so again, thanks for everyone’s patience.

Here are some final reads for the week:

* Digby has some bad news about Mark Zuckerberg’s politics.

* ThinkProgress has a handy list of programs and services that Congress has not protected from sequestration.

* Obama pretty unambiguous in speech to Planned Parenthood about defending the group and denouncing GOP “assault on women’s rights” in the states.

* Interesting story from Montana about the battle within that state’s Republican Party.

* At Ten Miles Square, Andrew Gelman discusses new research on the impact of Twitter on actual voting.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer commemorates the 30th anniversary of the publication of A Nation At Risk by arguing that we still aren’t dealing with the biggest education problem: poverty.

And in non-political news:

* Big Sur Marathon, with 9,000 participants, will be held this weekend, with an upgraded security plan.

That’s it for me this week. Kathleen Geier will be back for Weekend Blogging. And instead of another serving of Steve Miller (don’t worry: I’ll do that some other time), let’s end the week with George Jones and Vestal Goodman performing the song I posted last year when my stepfather died: “Angel Band.”


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.


  • Joe Friday on April 26, 2013 6:55 PM:

    Mike Rogers (R-MI), chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, during his appearance on Charlie Rose:

    "Those conventional weapons that are all over Syria, if that falls in the hands of al-Qaeda, or the al-Nusra Front, or Hezbollah, the destabilizing factor there does impact the national security of the United States."

    Gee, Mikey, perhaps you should have listened when people were pointing out that your acquiescence to arming the opposition in Syria could wind up arming al-Qaeda.


  • Cranky Observer on April 26, 2013 7:40 PM:

    I realize the publishing business is tough, but I don't think these pop-over ads are a very good idea. Particularly under Safari on the iPhone where the ad floats away from your finger every time you try to tap the [Close] control, leading to a very irritating game of whack-a-mole.


    the uchsiled - 1st try

  • Mary Chamberlayne on April 26, 2013 8:58 PM:

    Your pop-up ad problem has caused me to not go here again! And you are not the only site that has adopted this despicable new habit! Phooey!! Stop it.

  • revchicoucc on April 26, 2013 9:20 PM:

    Ed, thank you for "Angel Band." My 92-year old mother is not doing well -- she's in Georgia and I'm in California -- and I can't get there for at least a week. We watched the Goodman's "Gospel Jubilee" when I was a child, so this stirs good memories. My theology has matured beyond that in this song, yet I found this song a comfort today.

  • Karen on April 26, 2013 9:53 PM:

    Ahhh the big sur marathon , my husband ran it 15 years ago concert pianist, bagpipes at the finish our dogs ran with him the last mile. Hotels that take dogs. Pleasant memories. Be well marathoners

  • Crissa on April 26, 2013 10:17 PM:

    Where can you fit 100 people together at the Big Sur Marathon?

  • smartalek on April 27, 2013 1:12 AM:

    Another reason for me to try to stand by my commitment (so far so good) never to sign up with FaceBook.
    But there are a lot of countervailing pressures.
    And (I can say this) it is an affront to my people when any of us votes for, or supports, any Publican... even when we're billionaires. We're supposed to know better. We're supposed to *be* better.

  • Tired Liberal on April 27, 2013 10:58 AM:

    One more reason to get off Facebook. Tired of the constant battle to stay ahead of the changes in policy that splatter your information across the internet unless you take obscure measures to prevent it. Tired of the unsolicited ads that appear. Add conservative politics to the mix, and I see no reason to stay.

  • beb on April 27, 2013 6:41 PM:

    The pop-up ad is still a pain in the neck. It would help if the "close" button wasn't hidden by the floating ad on the page. First impression was that there was no way to dismiss the pop up. Bad. bad, really bad programming.