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October 09, 2013 5:59 PM Day’s End and Night Watch

By Ed Kilgore

Don’t know about you, but I have a headache from reading about the debt limit issue. Occupational hazard, I guess.

Here are some final items of the day:

* It’s official: Obama nominates Janet Yellen to lead Fed. Now we’ll see if GOPers decide to oppose her for insufficient obsession with non-existent inflation.

* News of Yellen’s nomination seems to have helped reverse the stock market plunge.

* Slate’s David Auerbach makes simple but profound point that healthcare.gov’s many real problems have nothing to do with the Affordable Care Act itself.

* Oh brother: Arizona and Kansas moving towards two-tiered voting system where only those with proof of citizenship can vote in all elections.

* At Ten Miles Square Keith Humphreys examines fountain-of-youth assumptions that sometimes lead boomers to think of their peers as the “next generation.”

* Also at Ten Miles Square, James Wimberly notes John Boehner is seeking the kind of lower-chamber supremacy that took Brits 77 years to execute.

And in non-political news:

* Now it’s getting real: Government shutdown halts approval of new craft beers.

That’s it for the day. In our musical tribute to Latin American revolutionaries, here’s a must-include: The Clash with “Washington Bullets” from their Sandanista! album.


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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