Day’s End and Weekend Watch

Remembered today that I once wrote a document for state and local officials in Georgia entitled “Gramm-Rudman-Hollings Made EZ” about the original “sequestration” process. It’s not online, and I’m not a hoarder, so guess it’s gone for good. Wish I could say the same of “sequestration.”

Here are some final news/views items for the day and the week:

* Krugman notes Keynesianism pretty reliable framework for predicting actual developments in Europe the last couple of years. But that won’t keep austerity hounds from baying for more of the same.

* Unsurprising that the oracle of Magic Dolphins should subscribe to magical theories of presidential responsibility for bad things happening.

* TPM’s Brian Beutler interprets president’s comments today as indicating he will risk government shutdown if House replaces sequester with different formula for achieving same, reduced, spending levels. Read the piece if you’re interested; it’s complicated.

* At Ten Miles Square, Georgetown’s Hans Noel discusses partisan dynamics of copyright reform.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer notes the final liquidation of legal actions associated with the 2006 Duke Lacrosse Team case.

And in non-political news:

* Edinburgh Zoo plays Mavin Gaye’s “Let’s Get It On” to get pandas in the mood.

That, of course, is the perfect segue to our final video. Samuel Knight will be here for Weekend Blogging. But here’s Marvin to get us into Friday night.


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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.