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August 23, 2013 6:16 PM Day’s End and Weekend Watch

By Ed Kilgore

Sorry for the relatively light posting this afternoon, but I got embroiled in a complicated transcontinental effort to book someone late on an August Friday afternoon to appear on MSNBC to talk about our College Rankings and Obama’s proposals. Watch All In With Chris Hayes tonight, and you’ll see Robert Kelchen lay it all out.

Here are some remains of the day:

* More Snowden revelations on the way via The Guardian and a new partner: The New York Times.

* WaPo’s Neil Irwin covering Jackson Hole economic symposium; notes new analysis showing banks not supplying capital needed by smaller businesses.

* Salon’s Brian Beutler examines Right’s obsession with black crime.

* At Ten Miles Square, Jonathan Bernstein reminds us that every recent House GOP leader has wound up being called a “squish.”

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer sorts out Obama’s college affordability proposals and how each initiative would have to be implemented.

And in non-political news:

* War of words between Scott Lemieux and Jon Chait over NCAA football gets hotter.

OK, that’s it for the day. Kathleen Geier will be back in for Weekend Blogging tomorrow.

Don’t forget our full College Rankings for 2013 will be released on Monday.

We’ll close with “Here’s To You” from the Italian film Sacco e Vanzetti directed by its composer, Ennio Morricone.

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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