Day’s End and Night Watch

Because it’s a holiday I omitted the Lunch Buffet but have managed to do a decent number of substantive posts on this confusing day of starts and stops in fiscal maneuvers.

Here’s what we have right now in the way of wrap-up news and views:

* White House meeting with congressional leaders postponed as Senate negotiators reportedly near agreement.

* If you missed it over the weekend, the New York Times had the best overview yet of the problems afflicting initial Obamacare enrollment. Fear of admitting problems in the face of constant attacks from conservatives a bigger issue than you might have guessed.

* At MoJo David Corn compares the recommendations of the famous RNC “2012 autopsy report” with GOP behavior in the fiscal fight, and finds the report has been entirely ignored.

* Allen West supplies an Islamophobic take on Columbus Day. The hate just never stops flowing.

* At Ten Miles Square, Keith Humphreys documents the right-wing drift in European politics.

And in non-politico news:

* Macy’s confirms it will move “Black Friday” extra hours up to 8:00 PM on Thanksgiving Day, following Walmart’s lead.

That’s it for this holiday that’s often ignored outside the Northeast, yet beloved by old-school Italian-Americans. Whatever his unique claims as an explorer, Columbus remains relevant as a European shocked by a surprising discovery. So we’ll close, appropriately, with Suzanne Vega performing “World Before Columbus” live in Italy.


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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.