Day’s End and Night Watch

Nearly supper-time at the hospital cafeteria! Yum!

Here are some remains of this nuclear day:

* When they aren’t whining about what they’ll do to retaliate for their lost filibuster powers, Republicans are claiming it’s really all about Obamacare. Now that’s message discipline!

* Speaking of Obamacare and whining, Matt Yglesias raps doctors for preemptive complaints about payment rates under the Affordable Care Act.

* Rep. Trey Radel (R-FL) checks into rehab a day after pleading guilty to cocaine possession charges. He’s taking a leave of absence from the House to fight his “disease” (not being snarky with the quote marks, but we just don’t know if he’s an actual addict).

* At Ten Miles Square, Seth Masket reports on new research concerning the perennial issue of whether party elites or primary voters really choose presidential nominees.

* Also at Ten Miles Square, Rachel Cohen discusses the latest downward turn in the saga of Lance Armstrong.

And in non-political news:

* Virginia man told he owes $200,000 for skipping tolls on the Dulles Toll Road. That’s a hard commute.

That’s it for the day. Let’s close with one more delicious Ella performance: with Nat King Cole in 1949, singing “It’s All Right With Me.”


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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.