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June 21, 2013 5:30 PM Day’s End and Night Watch

By Ed Kilgore

Thanks to time zone differences the bulk of today’s Netroots Nation activities will occur after COB EDT. But I’m handling the Weekend Blogging here tomorrow and Sunday, so I’ll have reports on the rest of the conference then.

Here are some final items of the day:

* National Journal has a rich offering of Louis Gohmert craziness from his 30-minute floor speech opposing the Farm Bill. Louis never disappoints.

* Another fine House solon, Mo Brooks of Alabama, introduces a bill that appears to ban the invocation of the Fifth Amendment by federal employees testifying before Congress. And I’ll bet Brooks calls himself a “constitutional conservative.”

* After all-night “citizens filibuster” of people demanding right to testify against Texas legislation aimed at shutting down abortion clinics, committee chair announces second hearing in tiny room, with two hours notice.

* At Ten Miles Square, Devin Castles reports on the growing protests in Brazil.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer discusses the significance of an upcoming study on for-profit colleges and their student loan policies.

And in non-political news, also at Ten Miles Square, Louis Barbash examines the outpouring of grief over the death of James Gandolfini.

So that’s it until tomorrow. Since it’s the first day of summer and I just posted a video from the Lovin’ Spoonful, here they are with the iconic “Summer in the City,” from 1966.

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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