Day’s End and Night Watch

I periodically consult This Day in History to identify appropriate posting topics, which is why I knew the Great San Francisco Earthquake occurred on April 18, 1906. But also on this day: Luther stood his ground at the Diet of Worms (1521); Doolittle raided Japan (1942); Grace Kelly married Prince Ranier (1956); the U.S. embassy in Beirut was destroyed by a suicide bomber (1983); and just last year, Dick Clark died.

Here’s our final news/views roundup of the day:

* D-Trip goes for gold in SC-1 with anti-Sanford ad telling former Appalachian Trail hiker to “just keep walking.”

* And speaking of SC-1: conservative women’s group reportedly looking into possibility of Jenny Sanford write-in campaign.

* Jamelle Bouie assembles evidence that even strong support for immigration reform won’t help GOPers much with Latinos, and that’s an argument you’ll also be hearing from opponents of reform.

* At Ten Miles Square, Ezra Klein discusses three different theories of presidential leadership that Obama is relying on in gun, budget and immigration efforts.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer argues that online instruction works best as complement to, not substitute for, regular live courses.

And in non-political news:

* Antibiotics losing ground in race against drug-resistant bacteria.

To end the day, and to honor in a more upbeat way those responding to the disaster in West, Texas, here’s Roxy Music again with their tribute to the Big Country, “Prairie Rose,” in London in 2011.


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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.