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November 28, 2013 4:16 PM Thanksgiving Day’s End

By Ed Kilgore

Well, it’s time to wrap up Ultra Lite Blogging and attend to some family fellowship. I hope everyone’s had a good Turkey Day and taken the time to offer up thanks for life’s blessings and its challenges, too; they help keep us in touch with humanity in its many manifestations.

Here are a few more news/views items:

* Sign of the (high) times: an interview with the Denver Post’s new “marijuana editor,” overseeing coverage of Colorado’s newly legalized cannabis industry.

* TPM’s Josh Marshall provides a detailed prophecy of Obamacare’s ultimate success.

* New York Times’ Peter Baker offers a profile of the surprisingly obscure White House Chief of Staff, Denis McDonough.

* At Ten Miles Square, Jonathan Bernstein warns us political junkies again about overinterpretation of poll cross-tabs—you know, the kind that tell you Obama is in big trouble with married self-identified moderate Latinos or something.

* Also at Ten Miles Square, Seth Masket discusses new research showing that even in this age of polarization and “base”-dominating elections, parties pay a price for nominating extremists.

And in non-political news:

* For fans anticipating Saturday’s Auburn-Alabama game, there’s a listicle of the ten best Iron Bowls.

Tomorrow will be a Lite Blogging Day (though probably a bit more frequent than today). Here’s one more song of thanks, from back in 1967: The Scaffold with “Thank You Very Much.”

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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