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May 08, 2014 6:56 PM Day’s End and Night Watch

By Ed Kilgore

Just ran across a Harry Enten piece at 538 aiming at debunking the “midterm falloff” argument I write so much about, so I’ll likely be grappling with it tomorrow.

Here are some other remains of the day:

* Looks like we will have to add Indiana’s Mike Pence to the list of GOP governors being discussed for 2016.

* Great headline from The Atlantic’s Derek Thompson: “Journalists Are Miserable, Liberal, Over-Educated, Under-Paid, Middle-Aged Men.”

* MoJo’s Molly Redden profiles the amateur “sex hypnotherapist” who’s become a big dog GOP donor in Oregon.

* At Ten Miles Square, James Wimberly discusses the breakthrough achieved at Stanford by the fossil fuel divestment campaign.

* At College Guide, Sarah Carr notes the obstacles facing minority students in obtaining study-abroad opportunities.

And in non-political news:

* Lee Marshall, the most recent voice of Tony the Tiger, dies at 64.

As we close for this Thursday, here’s one more of the lesser-known but fabulous Byrds songs: “Drug Store Truck Driving Man,” written by Gram Parsons and Roger McGuinn, reportedly about legendary country music DJ Ralph Emery.


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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