Day’s End and Night Watch

The Nixon centennial inspired me to look at This Day In History (a habit every topic-starved blogger should cultivate). I discovered that in addition to The Tricky One’s birth, January 9 was the day Thomas Paine published Common Sense (1776), the U.N. Building opened (1951), and Steve Jobs unveiled the iPhone (2007).

In some more recent news from January 9:

* Labor Secretary Hilda Solis to step down. White House confirms Holder, Sebelius and Shinseki are sticking around.

* Here we go again: Obama invites minister with background of virulent hostility to LGBT folk to give benediction at Inauguration.

* Meyerson calls for elimination of preferential tax treatment of investment income.

* At Ten Miles Square, our own Ryan Cooper interviews Lawrence Tribe on the constitutionality of the platinum coin scheme.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer shows us a rigorous exam required of eight-graders in Kentucky a 100 years ago.

And in non-political news:

* 2013 Baseball Hall of Fame class will include no recent players (none cleared threshold for eligibility in vote by sportswriter). Nineteenth century catcher Deacon White will join HOF after being selected by veterans’ committee.

Closest to a musical hook to a baseball story I have is a video of Babe Ruth (the band, not the player) covering Curtis Mayfield’s “We People Who Are Darker Than Blue” back in 1975. Interesting, since the band is very, very pale, but the performance is solid, with the exception of a long and gratuitous bass solo.


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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.