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November 19, 2013 6:59 PM Day’s End and Night Watch

By Ed Kilgore

I know this is a very late sign-off, but the doctor’s schedule trumps mine right now.

Here are some remains of the day:

* Nate Silver announces his new editorial team for the new 538 site at ESPN. As a 538 alum, I’ll be excited to see the 3.0 version.

* Support for “nuclear option” reportedly building among Senate Democrats. ‘Bout time.

* Uh-oh: Supreme Court in 5-4 decision refuses to overturn lower court ruling allowing Texas to enforce its new abortion restrictions. More about this tomorrow.

* At Ten Miles Square, Jonathan Bernstein pitches an even bigger fit than I have about media overreaction to Obamacare’s troubles.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer reports growing sentiment in the Senate to junk the whole federal financial aid system and start with something new.

And in non-political news:

* The five surviving members of the Monty Python troupe are getting back together for a stage show.

Instead of running out another Civil War song to end the day, let’s go with one that alludes to the subject of another of This Day In History events, Patty Hearst (who was released on bail on November 19, 1976). Here’s Warren Zevon with “Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner,” performed on Letterman.

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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