I had an exciting Saturday night watching my Georgia Bulldogs pummel a very good Auburn team, only to watch Todd Gurley go down to a season-ending knee injury late in his first game back from an undeserved four-game NCAA limbo. Thanks for the memories, Todd.

Here are some remains of the day:

* MO governor Jay Nixon declares an anticipatory 30-day state of emergency for Ferguson. Think maybe the grand jury’s not going to indict Michael Brown’s killer? Need a Ouija Board?

* Lawsuits against Harvard and UNC-Chapel Hill aim at convincing SCOTUS’ conservative majority to flatly ban racial preferences in college admissions.

* Good summary by WaPo’s Alexandra Petri of the crazy-but-real story of “Pointergate,” wherein the mayor of Minneapolis was accused of making a gang sign by pointing at a black person.

* At Ten Miles Square, Seth Masket takes on a claim that the Democratic Party lost the South because of an insufficiently progressive message.

* At College Guide, Jill Barshay deplores, as we all should, the level of vocational training available in this country.

And in sorta non-political news:

* Church of England finally approves women as bishops.

That’s it for Monday. Let’s close with a fine performance by Nils Lofgren at Musikfest in Bethlehem, PA, in 2004. The song is from the same album as “Can’t Buy a Break,” but looks forward defiantly: “The Sun Hasn’t Set On This Boy Yet.” Still true, and his contemporaries (like me!) can identify.

YouTube video


Our ideas can save democracy... But we need your help! Donate Now!

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.