Not much political news today, as expected. But here’s a news roundup, written after I watched my Georgia Bulldogs register a disappointing bowl loss, decided, like so many of their games this season, at the very end.

* Valuable WaPo piece by Somashekhar and Tumulty examines how expansion is changing the clientele for Medicaid.

* Jonathan Cohn collects eight predictions from experts of various hues about the fate of Obamacare in 2014.

* Graham Allison, for some reason, decides to sketch a scenario whereby a 2014 war between China and Japan draws the U.S, into a great power war.

* Ben Smith reports on Bill de Blasio’s “uncompromising” inaugural address as mayor of New York.

* Michael Moore argues for progressive strategy of Medicaid expansion in red states, single-payer in blue states.

And in non-political news:

* Big furor in Bama over couple who named newborn son Krimson Tyde. My wife predicts the birth of a child named Wardamn Eagle very soon.

We’ll be back to normal blogging tomorrow, with perhaps a brief early hiatus due to yet another dental appointment. Hope you all enjoy the rest of your New Year’s Day. To close, here’s some more Lightnin’ Hopkins, performing “Mojo Hand.”


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.