Day’s End and Night Watch

‘Twas a pretty lively day. I plan tomorrow morning to dive into David Leonhardt’s analysis of polling on abortion, a complex topic that is one of my long-time favorite brain-teasers.

Here are some final items of the day:

* Wonkblog‘s Sarah Kliff explains the impending large drop in New York health care premiums when ACA implemented, and why it illustrates the value of the individual mandate.

* Sensenbrenner renews call for Voting Rights Act “fix,” but Judiciary Committee Bob Goodlatte noncommittal beyond the promise of a hearing.

* Boehner finally indicates support for some sort of “Dream Act” provisions benefitting children of undocumented workers, but unclear when or how that would happen.

* At Ten Miles Square, Erik Voeten reviews research showing that Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law has increased the number of homicides.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer discusses the temptations to cheating caused by pressure to raise college graduation rates.

And in non-political news:

* Robert Downey, Jr., tops list of highest-earning actors in 2013, followed by Channing Tatum and Hugh Jackman.

To close the day, here again is Clapton, this time with Steve Winwood, performing the Blind Faith song “Can’t Find My Way Home.” I have a distinct memory of listening to this tune on a tiny hi-fi in the hallway of the school where I worked part-time as a janitor. Hard times, good times.


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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.