Day’s End and Night Watch

Believe it or not, I’m off to yet another dental procedure, hopefully the last for a good long while. Yes, it’s the Permanent Bridge, that alternative to the “partials” of yore. Wish me luck.

Here are some remains of the day:

* Supremes refuse to hear appeal of decision invalidating Arizona 20-week abortion ban, which was framed in a very restrictive way. Perhaps indication SCOTUS not ready for full-fledged reconsideration of Roe v. Wade:

* Democrat Alex Sink looking like leader in congressional special election in FL to replace the late Bill Young.

* Ted Cruz snaps up right-wing House staffer fired for leaks and usurping role of members.

* At Ten Miles Square, Mark Kleiman suggests a little socialism necessary to protect drinking water in WV.

* At College Guide, Conor Williams looks at implementation challenges for Bill de Blasio’s pre-k initiative.

And in non-political news:

* Jacqueline Bisset delivers the obligatory Weird Acceptance Speech at Golden Globes.

That’s it for the day. Let’s close with another classic California song: Ry Cooder’s version of Woody Guthrie’s “Do Re Mi” (I like the album version better than any of the live stuff, so here it is):


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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.