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January 14, 2014 6:02 PM Day’s End and Night Watch

By Ed Kilgore

Just realized I’ll be able to do a series of 50th anniversary commemorations of the 1964 presidential contest—you know, the one today’s conservatives want to re-run with a different result. I may have some preliminary thoughts, but the gala opening will be on March 10, anniversary of the 1964 New Hampshire Republican Primary.

Here are some remains of this day:

* A second federal judge, this one in Oklahoma, rules that a state’s same-sex marriage ban violates federal constitutional rights. Definitely headed for SCOTUS now.

* Obama to meet Pope Francis soon. That should be interesting.

* Also interesting: White House supporting Rand Paul measure to officially end Iraq War authorization. Might keep President Ted Cruz from sending the troops back in.

* At Ten Miles Square, Keith Humphreys suggests “not writing things down” perilous in health care and in restaurants.

* At College Guide, Amy Rothschild wonders if a broader message being sent by Bill de Blasio’s plea for latte money to support universal pre-K.

And in non-political news:

* Sorry for self-indulgence, but big coaching shuffle leads to my Georgia Bulldogs hiring away defensive coordinator for national champions FSU.

Let’s close the day with one more Supremes hit: “You Keep Me Hanging On,” performed in 1966, a year before the Vanilla Fudge version helped launch Progressive Rock.


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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