Day’s End and Night Watch

Another day, another set of temptations to make small campaign events Big News. But in this post, I only pretend to talk about small things, which are sometimes actually big things:

* Two National Journal articles display gaps in pay and status of women in various Washington jobs, supplementing Anne Kim’s WaMo piece on think tank disparities.

* Brother Steve Benen concludes that “repeal and reverse” is indeed the GOP’s health care agenda.

* Greg Sargent thinks Romney is beginning to lose the economy argument with voters.

* At TNR, Jon Cohn emphasizes the stupidity of GOP governors opposing Medicaid expansion, and yours truly suggests it may be about ambitions for higher office in a GOP where you can’t get too far right.

* Jamal Abdi suggests systematic discrimination against Iranian-Americans, even at Apple Stores.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer criticizes efforts to treat ever-more-expensive college education as a “good investment,” and also comments on the Penn State disaster.

And in non-political news:

* Researchers say shifty eyes not a sign of lying, People can stare right into the cameras, unwaveringly, and lie right through their teeth, doncha know.

The weekend is growing nigh, and I need it. But one more day of fun political talk! Let’s tee it up with the Music Machine’s “Talk Talk” from somewhere deep in the 60s.


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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.