Day’s End and Night Watch

I keep thinking I should write about the Koch Brothers’ possible bid to take ownership of the Tribune chain of newspapers, but am having trouble separating my memories of the papers involved from the reality of what they are today. Maybe tomorrow.

Here are some remains of this very day:

* Make up your minds! House GOP leadership stalls, then reannounces, then delays until at least May, the vote on its high-risk pool gambit aimed at “cannibalizing” Obamacare implementation funds. Again, it was conservative opposition to helping the uninsured, not shame, that did the deed.

* Roll Call notes Baucus retirement likely to vault Wyden into Finance Chair, and then Landrieu–a big oil/gas booster–into Energy Chair. The other twist: this ascension could be big campaign boost for Landrieu.

* At WaPo, Jonathan Bernstein nicely summarizes all the reasons it’s ridiculous to measure Obama by LBJ standard.

* At Ten Miles Square, Joshua Tucker mulls implications of yesterday’s hacking of AP Twitter feed.

* As part of his ongoing analysis of the utopian claims sometimes made about Massive Open Online Courts, Daniel Luzer notes similar claims were once made for–radio.

And in non-political news:

* Chicago Tribune columnist John Kass offers a sobering prophecy that head-injury revelations (and litigation) will kill American football, sooner rather than later.

To end the day, here’s Kathleen Largey performing “The Dying Rebel,” another song of the Easter Rising. Sorry there’s no real video, but the audio is riveting enough.


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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.