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August 01, 2014 6:07 PM Day’s End and Night Watch

By Ed Kilgore

Next week I’ll be back in Cali, which means fewer 7:00 AM Daylight Videos but a more predictable schedule after that.

Here are some remains of the day:

* Dr. Ben Carson sets up PAC and designates campaign manager for potential 2016 presidential run.

* The chaos continues as House GOP tries to pass border and anti-DACA bills late tonight; Senate’s long gone.

* Krugman ponders the determination of politicians to find “experts” who will give them bad advice.

* At Ten Miles Square, Harold Pollack cites rapid progress on reducing ranks of uninsured in Kentucky as validation of all the hard work leading up to enactment of ACA.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer seeks to separate the real from the artificial problems associated with Common Core.

And in non-political news:

* Wall Street found a new reason—Argentinian debt—to act bearish today.

That’s it for Friday. Martin Longman will be in for Weekend Blogging tomorrow. We’ll close with a Slavic off-to-the-war song, popular from the Balkan Wars through the Russian Civil War and beyond: “Farewell of Slavianka.”


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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