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October 28, 2013 6:39 PM Day’s End and Night Watch

By Ed Kilgore

Back home in time for Day’s End! It even rained here a bit while I was gone, for the first time in about five months.

Here are some remainders of the day:

* Senate Conservatives Fund backing a primary challenger to Rep. Bill Cassady in Louisiana Senate race, which is good news for Mary Landrieu.

* Hoping to help Ken Cuccinelli with libertarians, Rand Paul’s in Virginia, but probably didn’t help Cooch by arguing legalized abortion will lead to eugenics.

* New study shows 7,500 American kids admitted to hospitals with gunshot wounds each year.

* At Ten Miles Square, Don Taylor documents the massive redistribution of dollars from poorer to richer states produced by the many of the former rejecting the ACA Medicaid expansion.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer adds to the New York Times’ discussion of “bang for buck” college rankings, a trend begun here at WaMo.

And in non-political news:

* You’ll enjoy this, long-time PA readers: San Francisco company claims it’s developed a software that can crack CAPTCHA.

That’s it for another Monday. There are an extraordinary number of Lou Reed songs I could end the day with, but let’s go with a Velvet Underground classic featuring John Cale on viola: “Venus in Furs.” I once played this tune three straight times on a jukebox in a New Orleans bar at four in the morning, and nobody minded.


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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