Day’s End and Night Watch

Trying to decide if I’ll take a nap and then watch the latest Borgias episode On Demand, or instead dive right into an online Gamecast of the Braves vs. the Reds. Guess it’s one of those Dark Versus Light calls (do follow that link if you like classic Southern New Wave music).

Either way, here are some final news items of the day:

* U.S. Rep. John Barrow (D-GA) decides against running for the Senate in 2014, leaving Michelle Nunn (who hasn’t yet decided) as the only “name” Democrat considering the race against the backdrop of a real freakshow of a GOP primary.

* At NYRB, Christian Caryl offers a fascinating glimpse into the world of Chechen-Americans in the Boston area.

* Two political scientists publish study showing effects of Obama campaign’s GOTV operation in 2012 over-blown by many analysts.

* At Ten Miles Square, Jonathan Bernstein argues that partisan polarization doesn’t make ideological polarization inevitable–but today’s radicalized GOP does.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer reports on trend of outsourcing college assignment grading to other countries. Who knew?

* And then there were eleven Delaware became the eleventh state to legalize same sex marriage. [This item was added after the newswrap published. –Moderator]

And in non-political news:

* Dow closes above 15k for first time.

That’s it for the day. Here’s one more version of “Satisfaction,” this one from the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain.

Selah.

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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.