On this day 50 years ago, the U.S.-Soviet “hotline” became operative. I guess it still is, but is it part of a Comcast Triple Play plan now?

Anyway, on this day of international diplomatic follies and possible war, here’s Warren Zevon performing “The Envoy.”

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.