Political Animal


May 08, 2013 5:53 PM Day’s End and Night Watch

By Ed Kilgore

So if you’ve breezed through today’s Lite News offerings, maybe you have the time and energy left for some real brain-food—like the May-June issue of the Washington Monthly. We’ve haven’t profiled more than a couple of the articles just yet. Check out the table of contents and see what strikes your fancy.

In the meantime, here are some final items of the day:

* Senate Republicans “huddling” to figure out how they want to deal with Gina McCarthy’s nomination as EPA diretor.
You don’t think—gasp—you don’t think they’re considering a filibuster, do you?

* Coburn amendment to water infrastructure bill designed to make it easier to pack heat on land managed by Army Corp of Engineers fails to get 60 votes necessary for passage.

* Countering Heritage Foundation report, Social Security Administration study suggests immigration reform would boost GDP by 1.6% and create 3.2 million jobs by 2024.

* At Ten Miles Square, Jonathan Bernstein blames “hack gap” for failure of liberal economists to make hay over health care inflation drop.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer reports on New American Foundation study finding that many colleges use Pell Grants to replace institutional funds that are then redirected to the pursuit of wealthier students.

And in non-political news:

* Jodi Arias found guilty of first-degree murder in boyfriend’s slaying.

To mark the transition to Happy Hour, here again are Spike Jones & His City Slickers performing “Cocktails For Two” in 1945.


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 May 08, 2013 9:28 PM:

    Obama could bring Reagan back to life and nominate him for a cabinet position and the GOP would filibuster him......just because Obama nominated him.
    It's SO SIMPLE - Obama must get complete opposition to any thing he does. They cannot legitimize a black man.

  • Honeyboy Wilson on May 08, 2013 9:40 PM:

    The Coburn amendment may have gotten less than 60 votes, but look at the Democratic usual suspects that gave it more than 50. With friends like these ...