In case I decide not to make it the hook for a Daylight Video, wanted you to know that tomorrow is the 79th anniversary of the first appearance of canned beer: Krueger’s Finest Beer and Krueger’s Cream Ale, in Richmond, VA. Makes me thirsty for a kiss of the hops after blogging’s over today.

Here are some remains of the day:

* Moody’s gets ideological again, downgrading rating for health insurers and citing Obamacare as reason.

* Special Assistant Attorney General hired to defend Utah’s same-sex marriage ban raises eyebrows with gratuitous LDS religious justification for accepting the appointment.

* Map of states and counties where poor have worst and best chance to escape poverty shows South at bottom & upper midwest at top. I would observe Georgia’s ranking as “worst” owes a lot to its unusually large number of counties.

* Paul Ryan says he doesn’t want to become House Speaker; unclear what he wants to become, other than moral tutor to the poor and to women.

* At College Guide, Conor Williams offers an important essay on the very difficult task of securing public accountability for school voucher programs. It’s why many progressive school choice advocates can’t abide them.

And in non-political news:

* Interesting contrast in coverage of Justin Bieber’s arrest between CNN (wall-to-wall) and Al Jazeera America (proudly absent).

That’s it for the day, folks. Here’s one more blues classic about cold weather: Blind Willie McTell with “Cold Winter Day.”


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.