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August 06, 2013 6:39 PM Day’s End and Night Watch

By Ed Kilgore

Well, the news just seemed to die late in the day, but there are a few remainder items:

* Latest NRA project: defending use of lead in ammo against regulatory efforts of scientists and environmentalists.

* Steve King heading to South Cackalacky, thrilling aficionados of extremism with idea he’s thinking of presidential bid. I figure he’s looking for money and influence, not votes, but you never know.

* Not all fast-food workers are kids: The Atlantic’s Jordan Weissmann reports 27% of them are raising kids.

* At Ten Miles Square, Jonathan Bernstein runs the historic numbers on the possibility of a Dem House takeover in 2014.

* At College Guide, Matthew Kahn continues the discussion on what Janet Napolitano should do to improve the University of California system, focusing on undergraduate instruction.

And in sorta non-political news:

* Childhood obesity rates dropping in 18 states.

I haven’t, fortunately, had too many news hooks for songs about nuclear warfare, but let’s close with two more:

Kate Bush performing “Breathing,” from 1980.

And then we have the classic “I Come and Stand At Every Door,” written by the Turkish poet, Nazim Hikmet, conjoined with the famed Civil Defense video “Duck and Cover.”

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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