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April 08, 2014 6:29 PM Day’s End and Night Watch

By Ed Kilgore

So I’m at the doctor’s office, and since bronchitis is “going around” in these parts, I have just been given an antibiotic and some serious cough syrup. Yum.

Here are some remains of the day:

* Vance McAllister’s preacher, alleging a “conspiracy,” says the congressman’s district office manager is the one leaking the video of the now-famous make-out session. Sounds like ol’ Vance was quite the beloved boss.

* Pew reports percentage of “stay-at-home-moms” back on rise after decades of declining numbers. A Great Recession will do that for you.

* Though already left for dead by the D.C. punditocracy, Mark Pryor still leads Tom Cotton in Arkansas Senate race.

* At Ten Miles Square, Henry Farrell examines the hazy rules governing “sponsored content” on political sites.

* At College Guide, Gene Maeroff looks at evidence of what does and doesn’t work in extended school hours experiments.

And in non-political news:

* It’s the 40th anniversary of Hank Aaron’s 715th home run. Remember it like it was yesterday.

That’s it for Tuesday. We’ll close with Nirvana’s religion-is-the-opiate-of-the-masses tune “Lithium.”


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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