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May 27, 2013 4:44 PM Day’s End and Night Watch

By Ed Kilgore

So as usual for federal holidays, we’re wrapping up blogging early to give you—and us—the opportunityto spend some quality Memorial Day time in peace and/or with friends and family. Here’s some pickins from the slim holiday news/views fare:

* Obama reiterates theme of turning “a page on a decade of conflict” in Memorial Day address at Arlington Cemetery.

* New York Times’ Robert Pear documents the frustrated efforts of lobbyists seeking “fixes” in Affordable Care Act.

* Salon’s Alex Pareene examines MSNBC’s ratings woes, giving Morning Joe a fiery blast of scorn in passing.

* Texas legislature acts to close off possibility of Medicaid expansion.

* At Ten Miles Square, Roland Paris reviews the strategic lessons of the Afghanistan war.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer makes the case for major reform of the TRIO programs aimed at helping low-income students apply to and succeed in college.

And in non-political news:

* Long-time “hard-luck” NASCAR driver Tony Kanaan wins Indy 500 on twelfth try.

Keeping in mind that Memorial Day is not just a patriotic festival but a commemoration of those who died in war, here is a German choral performance of Joan Baez’s “Requiem.”

Selah.

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.

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