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May 23, 2014 5:21 PM Day’s End and Weekend Watch

By Ed Kilgore

We’ll be on our Major Federal Holiday Ultra-Lite Blogging schedule Monday. If there’s big news, though, I’ll cover it.

Here are some remains of the day.

* Illuminating Isaac Chotiner account at TNR about what happened when he was invited onto a conservative talk show to discuss reparations. Let’s just say the host had a lot of trouble sticking to the topic.

* New Gallup numbers on abortion policy show bigger gender and generational gaps than I can recall seeing in a while. Looking back at 2011 Gallup survey, I may be onto something.

* Employees forced to take leave or go without pay as state government building repaired in—you guessed it—Scott Walker’s Wisconsin.

* At Ten Miles Square, Chad Stanton discusses the overtones and undertones of the GOP effort to limit summer food aid to rural kids.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer points out that most of the controversial commencement speakers whose speeches are being cancelled are backing out, not being “disinvited.”

And in non-political news:

* Mobile BayBears first baseman homers in five consecutive at-bats.

That’s it for the day and week. Martin Longman will be back for Weekend Blogging. In a final musical tribute to outlaws, here’s Ry Cooder performing “Jesse James.”


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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