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January 22, 2014 6:02 PM Day’s End and Night Watch

By Ed Kilgore

Didn’t realize until I looked at This Day in History that LBJ died on the same day Roe v. Wade decision was announced. He was only 64, and was by most accounts miserable.

Here are some remains of the day:

* RCP’s Sean Trende provides Senate ‘14 scenarios depending on Obama approval ratings. Interesting.

* GOP Rep. Steve Pearce of NM says divinely ordained “voluntary submission” of women to hubbies doesn’t make them “inferior.” Easy for you to say, Steve.

* Mike Tomasky wonders why a “nasty piece of work” like David Vitter, who hates most everybody and is reciprocated, is front-runner in the 2015 LA gubernatorial election.

* At Ten Miles Square, Mark Kleiman thinks it’s alarming that elected officials like Bob McDonnell feel the need for expensive status symbols beyond the fact that they hold high office.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer mulls possible conflicts of interest involving funders and holders of endowed college chairs.

And in non-political news:

* Netflix stock booming as subscriptions soar. Just wait til new season of House of Cards comes out.

That’s all for today, folks. Let’s close this anniversary of Roe v. Wade with the Lunachicks’ defiantly pro-choice “Fallopian Rhapsody.”


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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