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December 31, 2013 3:03 PM Day’s End and Holiday Watch

By Ed Kilgore

Don’t know what sorts of wild revelry readers are planning for tonight, but I’m heading out for an Early Bird dinner at a nice restaurant with my in-laws, and then probably taking in the second half of the Chick-Fil-A Bowl before curling up with my latest fun-toy book, a history of inter-war Poland. Heavily spiked egg nog may be in order, too, thanks to a big CVS sale on Maker’s Mark.

As we drift to the end of the year, here are some remains of the political news/views day:

* HHS officially reports 2.1 million Americans have enrolled in private health insurance via the Obamacare exchanges. A pretty good comeback from where we were in November, eh?

* Salon’s Joan Walsh makes the case that 2013 was a stellar year for aggrieved white folks.

* At the New York Times, Carl Hulse chronicles the decline in the power of the Senate Finance Committee, as exemplified by poor old Max Baucus.

* Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe, a Democrats, asks Republican Lt. Gov. Mark Darr to resign over campaign finance irregularities.

* Joel Benenson suggests pundits try to go a year without reporting poll numbers, basically because they’re too obtuse to report them properly.

And in non-political news:

* The Atlantic’s Conor Friedersdorf trashes New Year’s Eve as Americans celebrate it; suggests some international enhancements.

That’s it for the day and the year. If you are hit by an altruistic impulse while in your cups before midnight this evening, you can take care of it by you-know-what. We’ll be on the Ultra Lite Holiday blogging schedule tomorrow (many of you will have hangovers to nurse; I’ll be watching my Georgia Bulldogs). But we’ll be back in full force on Thursday.

Happy New Year!

And 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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