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August 22, 2013 6:22 PM Day’s End and Night Watch

By Ed Kilgore

Since I’ve temporarily suspended posting music videos here at PA, I’m happy to report that Tammy Booth has posted a bunch of Sacred Steel videos at the WaMo Facebook page.

Here are some final items of the day:

* TNR’s Molly Redden has a fascinating account of Scott Walker’s destructive drive to cash in on fracking boom in North Dakota.

* Firearm discharges in Memphis kindergarten student’s backpack. No one hurt, miraculously, but let’s don’t overreact and wind up with only the “bad guy” toddlers packing heat.

* The Atlantic’s Elspeth Reeve reports that last batch of Nixon White House tapes does indeedy contain the usual slurs about Jews and other minorities.

* At Ten Miles Square, Keith Humphreys explains why America is better at detecting official corruption than in punishing it.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer calls Obama’s college cost initiative a promising and impressive start in dealing with a complex problem.

And in non-political news:

* Technical glitch shuts down trading at NASDAQ for more than three hours today, with no apparent adverse consequences.

That’s it for the day. Go over to the Facebook page for a valedictory tune, or just hum something appropriate to yourself.

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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