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August 02, 2013 6:20 PM Day’s End and Weekend Watch

By Ed Kilgore

Hard to believe it’s already August, and though I know there will be a bit of a slough in supply of and demand for political news, it won’t be dead like it used to be. And that’s a good thing, since I don’t have a vacation planned where I can phone in posts on the Mood of the Media from Martha’s Vineyard like certain big-feet often do.

Here are some final items of the day:

* Yellen, Summers and former vice-chair Donald Kohn final candidates for Fed chairmanship. Kohn, a long-time Greenspan protege, would please Republicans.

* Senate confirms four openly gay ambassadorial appointments, and one “out” senior Justice Department appointee , on voice votes. Things have really changed since James Hormel.

* SEC investigating GreenTech Automotive, which will get media attention because its co-founder was a guy named Terry McAuliffe.

* At Ten Miles Square, Ben Florsheim discusses scientists’ pushback against the demagogic legacy of Bill Proxmire’s “Golden Fleece Awards.”

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer reports on evidence that federally subsidized veterans’ education becoming a cash cow for the for-profit higher ed sector.

And in non-political news:

* Rival colleges can only drool in envy at the new $68 million football facility funded by Phil Knight that just opened at the University of Oregon. Coaches have their own hot tub, though I’m sure all Oregon faculty have such perks.

We have a new Weekend Blogger in the house: Max Ehrenfreund, a former WaMo intern who’s now with WaPo. Max will be checking in tomorrow morning.

So let’s end with one more Motown hit. Gotta have one from the Supremes:

And just for fun, here’s the same song when it was all hippified by the Fudge:

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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