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September 11, 2013 6:29 PM Day’s End and Night Watch

By Ed Kilgore

Well, nothing like a good jeremiad to end the day, so if you missed it, do read my post on “losers.”

Here are some final items of the day:

* Thousands—but not the advertised “2 million”—bikers roar into DC to commemorate 9/11 and apparently protest Muslim rally on Mall.

* De Blasio actually improving his percentage of vote as absentee ballots trickle in.

* Tina Brown and Daily Beast reach a parting of the ways.

* At Ten Miles Square, Christopher Monaff notes the U.S. government has yet to acknowledge its role in the “other 9/11,” the bloody coup against Chilean democracy four decades ago.

* At College Guide, Robert Kelchen looks at this year’s U.S. News college rankings, and despite claims of improvements, finds it’s pretty much the same rankings as before.

And in non-political news:

* Baby-boomer special: listicle of vanishing or vanished restaurant chains headed up by HoJo (sigh!) and Mister Donut.

So that’s it for the day. I know there are many songs inspired by 9/11 across genres and with wildly different perspectives from jingoism to self-reflection, and again, feel free to suggest others (along with reminiscences) in the comment thread. But we’ll close with Suzanne Vega’s “Anniversary.”


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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