73 years ago today, former Soviet War Commissar and exiled communist heresiarch Leon Trotsky was murdered in Mexico City by a Stalinist agent. With apologies to any Trotskyist who might be offended, I just have to post a video from the L.A. band Trotsky Icepick (when am I ever going to get a better news hook for them?). Here they are performing El Kabong in 2011:

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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.