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February 17, 2014 4:49 PM Day’s End and Night Watch

By Ed Kilgore

So how did you spend your Presidents Day? Let me know if you wish in the comment thread. I gather a lot of cars and furniture were for sale.

Here are some remains of the day:

* Interesting legal ploy: New York local Republican party leader asks for delay in corruption trial because 2014 GOP campaign strategies could be “exposed.”

* Breitbartians open first overseas outpost in London. Is Benghazi! next?

* Huge talking point for supply-siders: ABBA member admits Swedish tax break for professional “costumes” influenced its attire back in the day.

* At Ten Miles Square, Seth Masket responds to Nicholas Kristof’s call to arms for political scientists.

* At College Guide, Sarah Butrymowicz suggests new conservative government in Australia is offering a “sneek peek” at where U.S. education policy might go if Republicans gain control of the federal government.

And in non-political news:

* Another great talking point for the State of Florida: it’s the sinkhole capital of the country!

That’s it for February 17.. We’ll be back to regular blogging tomorrow. As another sign of the poverty of U.S. presidential music (probably a good thing, all in all), here’s one of the most self-consciously dubious entries: “James K. Polk” by They Might Be Giants.


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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