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January 09, 2014 5:39 PM Day’s End and Night Watch

By Ed Kilgore

Leaving Baton Rouge for NOLA this afternoon, before heading back to Cali on Saturday. So one more work day of luxuriating in a 7:00 AM wakeup call.

Here are some remains of the news day:

* Ezra Klein interviews Bob Laszewski about Obamacare implementation; short-term prognosis is positive, but Laszewski thinks there are problems with design of exchange policies.

* Christie buddy at center of “Bridgegate” takes the Fifth at state legislative hearing on the subject. Never a good sign.

* Pew lays out dreadful trend lines for network news viewership. Young people largely not watching, but even for old folks, numbers are trending down.

* At Ten Miles Square, Daniel Luzer finds evidence that Duck Dynasty stars’ redneck bona fides is questionable.

* At College Guide, Jill Barshay notes new research showing kindergarten students from families with two parents working do better than those from families with a stay-at-home parent on math and reading scores.

And in nonpolitical news:

* To absolutely no one’s surprise, Johnny “Football” Manziel gives up last two years of college eligibility to enter NFL draft.

That’s it for the day. Here’s one more clip from the ‘79 UNICEF concert: ABBA at their peak, performing “Chiquitita.”


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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