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December 12, 2013 5:44 PM Day’s End and Night Watch

By Ed Kilgore

As I run through the aggregators looking for Day’s End stuff, I see pieces about the raging, the irrepressible, the apocalyptic “civil war” tearing the GOP apart multiplying like topsy. If you appreciate a blog (and for that matter, a magazine) that refuses to echo this sort of CW, and insists on looking a bit deeper at the day’s events, then it’s a good reason to make a tax-deductible donation if you haven’t already. You don’t want to wind up having to rely on Politico for your political coverage, do you?

Sorry, that sort of threat is plain mean.

Here are some remains of the day:

* House passes rule for consideration of Murray/Ryan budget deal by 225-195 margin; partisan breakdowns not available yet, but it’s a strong signal the deal will clear the House tonight.

* At TAP, Paul Waldman supplies everything you need to know about our inadequate minimum wage.

* Reuters reports 616 government contract employees could run afoul of new cap of $487,000 on federally reimbursed salaries. Seems the Path Not Taken by some of us Hill veterans was indeed paved with gold.

* At Ten Miles Square, Jonathan Bernstein reinforces the extremely important point that all the estimates of “winners” and “losers” in health insurance systems typically ignore the very real value of assurance against health risks.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer reports that Gorden Gee, recently bounced from his second tour as president of The Ohio State University, will soon begin his second tour as president of West Virginia University. Seems college presidents are a lot like baseball managers.

And in non-political news:

* So how can Nick Saban quell rumors he’s going to the University of Texas if Mack Brown doesn’t resign in Austin?

That’s it for today. But let’s close with a treat: Smokey Robinson performing “Ooh Baby Baby” with Aretha Franklin on Soul Train after a brief interview by Don Cornelius.

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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