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January 10, 2014 5:26 PM Day’s End and Weekend Watch

By Ed Kilgore

Just time for a couple more gut-busting meals here in NOLA. It’s gonna be major diet time back in California next week. But today’s foggy weather is just like home.

Here are some remains of the day:

* Next week’s New Yorker cover showing Chris Christie “playing in traffic” is pretty arresting.

* White House getting pretty edgy in accusing supporters of new Iran sanctions legislation of hiding warlust.

* A new low: right-wing Kansas Senate candidate Milton Wolf has ad showing the candidate running over “Obamacare” with his truck.

* At Ten Miles Square, Mark Kleiman reminds us the Washington WASP aristocracy whose demise some still mourn took forever to work up the courage to take on J. Edgar Hoover.

* At College Guide, Anne Hyslop assesses No Child Left Behind—and the vast network of waivers from it—on its 12th birthday.

And in non-political news:

* Nutrition experts recommend ordering kid’s meals at restaurants to lower calories, fat, sodium. Does that require some sort of fake ID?

That’s it for the day and week. Martin Longman’s in for Weekend Blogging tomorrow.

As I prepare to leave the Pelican State, pretty much have to feature Randy Newman’s “Louisiana 1927,” performed in 1979 with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra.

Ah, hell, let’s also have Randy performing his tribute to Huey Long, “Kingfish.” Both tunes are from the immortal album Good Old Boys. No, young-uns, Newman didn’t just write movie music.

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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