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January 08, 2014 5:48 PM Day’s End and Night Watch

By Ed Kilgore

Hope you all had a better day than Chris Christie. Here are some final items in the hopper:

* Already talk of indictments in connection with Fort Lee scandal in New Jersey.

* Carolyn McCarthy of New York and Mike McIntyre of North Carolina become second and third House Democrats to retire this cycle. McIntyre seat will be a priority GOP target.

* Overshadowed by Rubio’s Poverty Speech, Eric Cantor delivers fiery defense of “school choice,” lumping together, as is the GOP practice, charters and vouchers.

* Sam Nunn’s Nuclear Threat Initiative releases new nuclear safety index for the year; seven countries have gotten rid of nuclear materials, but security problems continue, for U.S. as well as scofflaw nations.

* At Ten Miles Square, Richard Skinner offers useful analysis of likely impact of same-sex marriage, marijuana legalization, and NSA surveillance on both parties.

And in non-political news:

* Average annual salaries for major college football coaches up more than 70% since 2006, not exactly an abundant period of time for most fans.

That’s it for a day with more noise than news. Let’s close with an actual 1824 Andrew Jackson campaign song about the many Kentucky troops in Old Hickory’s army at New Orleans. Tom Roush performs “The Hunters of Kentucky.”

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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