Day’s End and Night Watch

Yes, it’s looking like the 2016 cycle is going to be interesting for Democrats as well as Republicans, whether or not HRC draws a serious primary opponent (which is increasingly more probable). So there will be a lot to talk–and even argue–about here at PA and in the more deliberate venue of the print editions of the Washington Monthly. Please make a donation in whatever amount you can afford to keep the news and commentary machine humming. Thanks so much!

And now some remains of the day:

* Peter Beinart thinks Obama’s about to have a sort of Indian Summer of media approval.

* Looking like Vivek Murthy likely to be confirmed as Surgeon General despite NRA opposition.

* At TNR, Rebecca Leber lays out accomplishments and especially the disappointments of Lima climate talks.

* At Ten Miles Square, Martin Longman deplores the erosion of standards of basic decency revealed among many conservatives during the current debate on torture.

* At College Guide, Robert Kelchen rates the top ten developments in higher education during 2014, topped by the collapse of Corinthian Colleges.

And in non-political news:

* Arrest made in shooting death of Auburn football player Jakell Mitchell.

That’s it for Monday. Let’s close with one more Blind Connie Williams tune, “One Thin Dime,” from a time when a dime had some purchasing power.


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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.