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November 15, 2013 5:51 PM Day’s End and Weekend Watch

By Ed Kilgore

Let’s put this week out of its misery. I hope to be in front of the tube watching Georgia and Auburn play football tomorrow afternoon, and if I hear the name “Fred Upton,” I’ll probably wonder if he’s some walk-on linebacker from Hahira.

Here’s are some remains of the day:

* If you want to peer into the psyche of the Federalist Society, check out this teary account of a speech by Justice Clarence Thomas at an event of that powerful group.

* Matt Yglesias slaps down the constant comparisons of the Healthcare.gov rollout and Katrina, noting that 1,833 people died during the latter incident.

* And now, for something completely different: Obama administration pushes Congress to get a move on patent reform legislation.

* At Ten Miles Square, Jonathan Bernstein makes the important distinction between “polarization” and “gridlock.”

* Also at Ten Miles Square, Keith Humphreys explains the misleading nature of “prevalence of drug use” statistics, and why the Obama administration is wise to focus on more meaningful measurements.

And in non-political news:

* Despite crisis atmosphere in Washington, new highs, again, for Dow & S&P.

That’s it for today. Sam Knight will be in tomorrow for Weekend Blogging. Let’s close on an upbeat song about sailing that’s not really about the sea: Robert Palmer’s cover of Little Feat’s “Sailin’ Shoes.”

Selah.

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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