If there’s any actual American political news out there at the moment, I can’t seem to find it. But here are some items hunted-and-gathered at various points in the day:

* Wired‘s Ackerman interprets the new Special Inspector General’s report as showing $8 billion in U.S. funds for “reconstruction” of Iraq entirely wasted.

* Lindsay Graham embraces one of America’s most durable racial euphemisms in saying disaster victims need assault rifles to protect themselves from “roaming gangs.”

* In assessing Jeb Bush’s disastrous immigration book, Salon’s Alex Pareene makes a really basic point: nobody can predict the exact positioning of Republicans on policy issues more than a few months ahead.

* At Ten Miles Square, Erik Voeten analyzes Hugo Chavez’ polarizing effect on Latin American support for the United States.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer notes that state support soon to represent less than half the revenues of public higher education institutions.

And in non-political news:

* Following Yahoo, Best Buy curtails its own telecommuting program for employees.

We’ll end the day as it began, with the Country Gentlemen, this time performing “Fox on the Run” in 1971 at a festival in Reidsville, NC.


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.