Day’s End and Night Watch

It was one of those days with very little actual political news, but lots of brief frenzies and crosstalk amongst the chattering classes. I’ll soon check the tube or the football blogs for a mental laxative.

Here are some remains of the day:

* Josh Rogin notes Rand Paul’s new footnoted speech may have eliminated plagiarism, but not factual inaccuracies.

* Since it’s Richard Cohen Day in the blogosphere, here’s MoJo’s Matt Connolly listing his Greatest Hits.

* Gallup reports congressional approval now dropping into single digits. Wow.

* U.S. Catholic Bishops’ gathering notably less political than predecessors, clearly on advice from the Vatican.

* The Atlantic‘s Andrew Cohen draws attention to failure of Obama administration to appoint minority judges in three states where they are “severely underrepresented”–Georgia, Alabama and Florida.

And in non-political news:

* Guardian reports scientists developing alcohol antidote that enables quick recovery from drunkenness–and no hangover!

On a related note, here’s a final offering from Laura Nyro, and another song that made someone else (the 5th Dimension) rich: “Stoned Soul Picnic.” Surry down!

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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.