Day’s End and Night Watch

A take-out tray of brain food for your evening:

* Michele Bachmann hotly denied she was endorsing Romney. Guess Mitt went racing up to Minnesota to get in some shopping at the Mall of the Americas with his new Secret Service detail.

* Ezra Klein asks troubling questions about the real unemployment rate.

* Anna Clark has more on the Komen Foundation’s cave-in to anti-choicers.

* Jonathan Bernstein exposes hackery of those who oppose Buffet Rule on grounds they are waiting for “comprehensive” tax reform.

* Jamelle Bouie has scary thought: Barack Obama appointed his bitter primary rival Secretary of State. Would Mitt Romney do the same with Newt “Winston” Gingrich? Nooooo!

* Ari Berman notes 43% of Obama re-elect money raised in 2011 came from donations under $200. Romney’s percentage? Just under 9%. And I can remember when GOP candidates dominated in small donors.

* And off the politics beat: Economy isn’t only place rich keep getting richer. On College Football’s National Signing Day, the runaway leader was the University of Alabama.

Tomorrow I plan to explore Sen. Marco Rubio’s bill to create a “conscience exception” to rules requiring contraception coverage so large you could drive a Popemobile through it, and perhaps get into the early GOP Veepstakes speculation.

Selah.

Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore, a Monthly contributing editor, is a columnist for the Daily Intelligencer, New York magazine’s politics blog, and the managing editor for the Democratic Strategist.