I won’t say I’m ecstatic about getting back to the normal blogging pace, but today has been OK, and I look forward to a genuinely strong news day before long. Here’s what I have in the way of remainders today:
* At New York Times, Natalie Kitroeff pens disturbing profile of tactics used by major student loan collection company working for the federal government.
* New Oregon study shows ER utilization actually higher among new Medicaid beneficiaries as opposed to control group of uninsured. Not a great data point for ACA lowering health care costs.
* Florida Democratic gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist apologizes for his anti-LGBT record as longtime Republican officeholder. I suspect this is one of several recantations ol’ Charlie will need to undertake.
* Former Vikings punter accuses team (in very compelling post) of dropping him because coach opposed his liberal views on same-sex marriage.
* At Ten Miles Square, Keith Humphreys notes new prison admissions—a better measurement of current trends than prison population levels which reflect earlier policies—have now reached a two-decade low.
And in non-political news:
* Fifth Die Hard installment tops list of worst movies of 2013.
That’s it for the day. Let’s close with one more Bumble Bee Slim tune: “Sail On, Sail On Blues,” with Scrapper Blackwell on guitar.
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