Day’s End and Night Watch

I’m now traveling cross-country to attend a wedding, and am thus away from the iMac and relying on an increasingly obsolete HP laptop. So please forgive the occasional burst of typos and erratic posting intervals. You’re lucky you can’t hear the profanity.

Here are some final items of the day:

* New York Times‘ Stolberg pens a vast and important article on the economic realities facing working Americans on food stamps, who may get hit with major benefit reductions if Republicans get their way in the farm bill debate.

* RI Gov. and former Republican Sen, Linc Chafee (who became a Democrat a few months ago) announces he will not seek another term next year.

* Citing the SCOTUS decision invalidating DOMA, Obama administration announces it will no longer enforce law forbidding benefits to spouses of veterans in same-sex marriages.

* At Ten Miles Square, Don Taylor argues Obamacare looks a lot better when you think of it as a transition point to the health care system we’ll have and need 20 years down the road.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer discusses the “amenities race” at private colleges and the little-known fact that rich kids are getting charged more for their education than it’s worth.

And in non-political news:

* Snooki and Valerie Harper lead celebrity cast of next Dancing With the Stars.

That’s all, folks! Let’s close with Buck Owens and Ringo Starr performing a song they both made famous, Buck’s “Act Naturally.”

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.