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March 13, 2014 5:41 PM Day’s End and Night Watch

By Ed Kilgore

Okay, I peeked: eighth-seeded Seton Hall upsets top-seated Villanova in Big East tournament.

Here are some remainders of today’s items, including one breaking piece of news:

* Senate reaches bipartisan (enough to overcome GOP filibuster) deal to restore long-term UI benefits. No sign whether it would have a prayer in the House.

* Mike Huckabee “jokingly” refers to Civil War as “War of Northern Aggression” at antichoice confab. C’mon, Huck, that stopped being funny decades ago at best.

* Boehner invites Pope Francis to address joint session of Congress. Maybe the pontiff can debate Paul Ryan on obligations to poor while he’s here.

* At Ten Miles Square, Keith Humphreys reconsiders post on U.S./U.K. growth rates (with a bit of a push from Kevin Drum), and reflects on accuracy/interest tradeoffs between academic papers and blogs.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer takes a first look at Louisiana’s plan to create “elite” vocational schools for the non-college-bound.

And in non-political news:

* Search for missing Malaysian airliner may be shifting to Indian Ocean.

That’s it for one more March day. Let’s close with one more Yardbirds tune with Eric Clapton on board: their 1964 version of John Lee Hooker’s “Boom Boom.”



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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