Day’s End and Weekend Watch

Tomorrow afternoon I will join 92,745 close personal friends at the Georgia-LSU game in Athens. I heard a radio sportscaster today predict it would be a “perfect October-like day.” The high temperature will be 79. I seem to recall “perfect October days” being a mite cooler than that, but then again, climate change has all but abolished Autumn and Spring in the South.

Here are some remains of the day.

* Senate rapidly approves “clean CR” on party-line vote (54-44) giving House several days to get its act together on appropriations and/or pass meaningless versions spitting defiance. Interesting detail: CR expires a month earlier than in previous draft (on 11/15 rather than 12/15), perhaps signaling Democratic determination to get rid of sequester.

* HHS formally signs off on Arkansas Medicaid expansion plan that will enroll new beneficiaries in private health plans with Medicaid paying the premiums.

* Jerry Brown signs bill providing overtime pay for domestic workers.

* At Ten Miles Square, Jonathan Bernstein discusses poll showing big majorities of Americans expect totally unlikely inflation in the near future.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer sings praises to the idea of tuition-free public colleges, but acknowledges that’s not the way the wind is blowing.

And in non-political news:

* Christmas retailing really is starting crazy early this year.

That’s it for the day and week. Sam Knight’s in tomorrow for Weekend Blogging.

As a tribute to the heavy workload of posturing House Republicans are scheduling for this weekend, and their general world-view, here’s a song from a half-century ago: The Rockin’ Rebels performing “Wild Weekend.”


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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.