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December 09, 2013 6:11 PM Day’s End and Night Watch

By Ed Kilgore

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Here are some remains of the day:

* Austan Goosbee makes the economic case for pre-K education.

* Pew finds modest plurality opposing Iran “first step” deal, largely on party lines with indies leaning “no.”

* At TAP Monica Potts explains the latest demagogic Vitter Amendment: a farm bill amendment that would ban ex-offenders from receiving SNAP benefits.

* At Ten Miles Square, Keith Humphreys discusses the media hunger for meaning-heavy anecdotes, whether or not they are true.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer mocks new round of “grade inflation” alarms, this time from Harvard.

And in non-political news:

* Big-time winning managers Cox, LaRussa and Torre join Baseball Hall of Fame.

We’ll close the day with a final birthday tribute to my wife:

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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