Day’s End and Night Watch

* Michael Kinsley conducts a long, insider-y interview with Tina Brown on the demise of the print version of Newsweek.

* WaPo’s Cillizza designates as the Worst Candidate of 2012: Rick Perry. Hard to argue with that.

* I’ve already done my taxonomy of post-election Republican rationalizations. Here’s Paul Begala’s.

* At Ten Miles Square, Aaron Carroll examines new research on the effectiveness of sin taxes.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer judges Scott Walker’s idea of linking college funding to preparation of graduates for current job “bad social engineering.”

And in non-political news:

* Winning NASCAR driver grants “buzzed” interview while guzzling from gigantic glass of beer. No “role model” guff for NASCAR drivers, it seems.

Ol’ Merle has a warning:

Selah.

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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.