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August 15, 2013 6:20 PM Day’s End and Night Watch

By Ed Kilgore

It will be interesting to see if the disinterest Americans showed in the toppling of Morsi last month continues with the bloodshed we’re seeing now. Hard to say; it is, after all, August.

Here are some final items of the day:

* Official death toll in Egypt rises to 638, and military issues new “live fire” authorization.

* TAP’s Paul Waldman makes short work of the GOP argument that the defeat of their voter suppression efforts means there is no reason to worry about voting rights.

* Wonkblog’s Lydia DePillis explains why mergermania hasn’t hit the casino industry.

* At Ten Miles Square, Ben Florsheim discusses the appeal of Bill de Blasio’s “modern family.”

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer wonders what’s up with the president’s 2-day “college cost bus tour” next week.

And in sorta non-political news:

* “Butter Cow Security” t-shirts hot item at Iowa State Fair after icon smeared with red paint by animal rights activists.

We didn’t have the news hooks to sustain a panoramic barrage of Woodstock videos today, which hippie-detractors may appreciate. But anyway, here are two more. First, Canned Heat with a night-time performance of “On the Road Again:”

And then of course, we must include Jimi Hendrix’s tribute to America:

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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