Well, this dangerous day has ended in the Middle East with “only” a few more deaths, and “protests” that were for the most part relatively small and visibly factional. The many regional problems that we were suddenly forced to notice will not, of course, go away.

Here are some final news items of the day and week:

* Juan Cole convincingly argues Obama tough-talked Morsi into condemnations of anti-American violence.

* Obama addresses monthly volunteer conference call as participation spikes, notes GOP money advantage.

* At TAP, Paul Waldman notes Romney campaign’s “strength” rap represents return of what Yglesias called “Green Lantern Theory of Geopolitics.”

* FDL’s David Dayen reports CFPB earning rep as “fearsome regulator,” just as predicted by John Gravois at Washington Monthly.

* At College Guide, Max Ehrenfreund reports on the Kalamazoo Promise of free state college tuition.

* County judge in Wisconsin strikes down Scott Walker’s collective bargaining bill. State will appeal.

And in non-political news:

* CNN’s “Fear and Greed” Index of investor psychology shows big tilt to Greed.

The iMac seems to be as tired as I am, getting uncharacteristically temperamental. Time to shut down. Ben Jacobs will be back in tomorrow for Guest Blogging Duty. Please treat him well.


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Ed Kilgore

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.