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February 18, 2014 6:16 PM Day’s End and Night Watch

By Ed Kilgore

Want to know how slow a news day it was? Newt Gingrich’s tweeted demand that John Kerry (or “Kerrey” as he initially spelled it) resign as Secretary of State for saying climate change is as big a threat to global security as terrorism or poverty got big play everywhere. Ugh.

Here are some remains picked from the bones of the news day:

* Ted Cruz says Obama “hostile to traditional marriage.” That’s interesting, since he’s been in one for more than two decades.

* Ukrainian police attack protesters in Kiev; 13 dead so far.

* With excellent timing (two leading members of Pussy Riot were arrested in Sochi today on dubious grounds), Buzzfeed’s Miriam Elder pens long profile of the protest-performance-art group’s current status, arguing that Putin’s divide-and-conquer tactics towards the group are working.

* Votes still not there for extension of “private option” Medicaid expansion in Arkansas House.

* At College Guide, Michael Krupnick reports colleges finally improving assistance to students with learning disabilities.

And in non-political news:

* Jim Fallon’s Tonight Show debut draws 2 million more viewers than Conan O’Brien’s in 2009.

That’s it for the day. Here’s one more classic ode to creative frustration, Loudon Wainwright III’s “Muse Blues.”


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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