Day’s End and Night Watch

In noting this is the tenth anniversary of the invasion of Iraq, I discovered another March 19 anniversary: Nevada legalized gambling on this day in 1931. Lotta tumbling dice since then, eh?

Here are some final items from the news day:

* New Florida survey from PPP shows Rick Scott’s flip-flop on Medicaid hasn’t improved his popularity or his numbers against Charlie Crist.

* Predictably, assault weapons and ammo clip ban dropped from Senate gun bill, which will now focus on background checks.

* New British press laws, enacted in wake of phone-hacking scandal, include large libel fines that have newspapers and even bloggers jittery.

* Speaking of newspapers, the conservative tabloid the Washington Examiner announces it’s cutting back from daily to weekly publication amidst big staff layoffs.

* At Ten Miles Square, Mark Kleiman reviews the recent decline in U.S. incarceration levels, which had been increasing annually for more than 30 years.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer reports the U.S. Department of Education is encouraging colleges to grant college credit for demonstrated skills and knowledge, an idea which Kevin Carey praised in the July/August issue of the Monthly.

And in non-political news:

* Methodist church in NC halts performance of marriages altogether until same-sex marriages become legal.

To close the day, here again are Jack Bruce and Robin Trower, this time performing “Lives of Clay” in 2009.

Selah.

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.