Day’s End and Night Watch

Just one week until college football’s National Signing Day, as I am sure you are all aware. No, don’t worry, I won’t live blog it.

Here are some remains of the day:

* Fed announces more “tapering” of its stimulative bond-buying program, citing steady growth in the economy.

* As an escalation of the Texas Wingnut Competition, Rep. Steve Stockman reports he walked out of House during SOTU address last night. Nobody seems to have noticed.

* Buzzfeed reports “Year of Action” was the phrase local newspapers around the country most picked up in headlines on SOTU address.

* At Ten Miles Square, Jamie Malanowski finds a shill for one-percenters even more ludicrous than Tom Perkins.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer notes that over half of 27-year-olds in U.S.–all of them, not just college graduates–have college loan debts of more than $10,000.

And in non-political news:

* U.S. markets headed towards worst month since summer of 2012.

That’s it for today. I’ve sort of run out of musical thematics, so let me just post this long-lost recording I ran across earlier this week, an impressive rendition of “Ol’ Man River” by a 1970s Louisiana boogie band named Potliquor. I actually owned this on vinyl back in the day, before I ever heard the iconic Robeson version.

Selah.

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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.