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February 24, 2014 6:05 PM Day’s End and Night Watch

By Ed Kilgore

You gotta hand it to Alec Baldwin for getting a huge buzz by announcing he’s “leaving public life.” Donald Trump should try it.

Here are some remains of the day:

* John Kerry calls for repeal of Ugandan “anti-homosexuality” law.

* Our friend Blue Girl reviews an Al Gore speech in Kansas City, and mourns what might have been.

* Tea Party favorite in NC Senate race, Greg Brannon (whom I discussed here), hit with civil judgment for misleading investors.

* At Ten Miles Square, Keith Humphreys offers a useful meditation on the perils of second-hand (or third-hand or fourth-hand) knowledge.

* At College Guide, Sarah Butrymowicz reports on the “good and bad” of Australia’s experiments with family-punitive school truancy policies.

And in non-political news:

* Comedy writing legend Harold Ramis dies at 69 of rare blood disease.

That’s it for the day. Here’s Victoria Spivey one more time, with her early hit “Blood Thirsty 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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