Day’s End and Night Watch

You think Kathleen Sebelius is having an adult beverage about now? I hope so.

Here are some remains of the news day:

* TNR’s Nora Caplan-Bricker ponders the dude-heavy world of libertarians.

* Bill Galston looks at the long-term decline in work participation rates, and without assigning fault, sees long-term economic stagnation.

* Sheldon Adelson pops back up into news as funder of lobbying effort to get Congress to cut off Iran negotiations.

* At Ten Miles Square, Jonathan Zasloff speculates that insurance company letters frightening consumers into buying more expensive plans may violate fraud laws.

* Also at Ten Miles Square, Mark Kleiman reminds us Rand Paul has been caught plagiarizing–and just making stuff up–more than once.

And in non-political news:

* After a firing generally attributed to poor on-field performance, now it transpires Florida Atlantic football coach Carl Pelini and an assistant were cashiered for attending social event where illegal drugs were consumed. Really? In South Florida?

So here’s a final tune suggesting things ain’t how they appear and ain’t how they should be: Metallica performing one of their better tunes, “And Justice For All,” in 1988.


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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.