Day’s End and Night Watch

If you were as rich as Charles and David Koch, would you spend a lot of money trying to get even richer? I wouldn’t, but then I guess I just don’t treasure “liberty.”

Here are some remains of the day:

* Ian Millhiser listened closely to Justice Kennedy’s questions during oral arguments on the Hobby Lobby case and fears the worst.

* Iowa Democratic Senate candidate Bruce Braley has to apologize for suggesting (in Texas) that Republican Senate takeover would elevate to chairman of the Judiciary Committee a “farmer from Iowa who never went to law school.” That would be Chuck Grassley.

* My home state of Georgia getting massive attention for enacting landmark “guns everywhere” legislation.

* Speaking of guns: at Ten Miles Square, John Stoehr discusses the White House decision to put the nomination of Vivek Murthy as Surgeon General “on ice” after heavy opposition from the NRA.

* At College Guide, Robert Atkinson takes on those who deny existence of shortages in STEM workers.

And in sorta non-political news:

* Gloria Steinem turned 80 today.

That’s it for Tuesday. Let’s close with Rosco Gordon’s biggest hit, “Booted,” from 1951. Sorry, no rooster-on-the-piano video for this one.


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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.