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January 02, 2014 5:59 PM Day’s End and Night Watch

By Ed Kilgore

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.


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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