This one is a tribute to my wife, Dawn, who not only makes sure I’m awake and functioning each daylight, but makes the day worth living. It’s a lovely, lost pop classic from 1979, from Judie Tzuke, “Stay With Me Till Dawn.”

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Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.