Day’s End and Night Watch

So Jerry Brown has signed a bill making California the first state to ban single-use plastic bags, especially for grocery stores. There’s been a local ban in place in Monterey for a while, but not elsewhere on the Peninsula, so ending the confusion will be nice, and set a good national precedent.

Here are some remains of the day:

* Now this is different: Occidental Petroleum the latest major corporation to sever ties with ALEC over its climate change positions.

* WaPo’s Aaron Blake interprets new CNN/ORC poll showing 69% of Republicans currently identify themselves as “hawks” as bad news for Rand Paul.

* With his usual nuanced rhetoric, Dr. Ben “One Nation” Carson says use of new AP history curriculum would make students “sign up for ISIS.”

* Greg Sargent argues that polls are showing not just general support for military action in the Middle East, but support for low-risk action.

* At TNR, Katie Zavadski predicts pharmacy will be the next profession to suffer from a glut of new graduates chasing fewer jobs.

And in sort of non-political news:

* Gates remains Fortune‘s richest American with net worth of $81 billion. But Koch Brothers trump him with combined $84 billion.

That’s it for Tuesday. We’ll close with one more T. Rex tune: “Children of the Revolution,” with Elton John and Ringo Starr sitting in. Some of you may remember this song as covered by the Violent Femmes a bit later.


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.