I’ve come down with a stomach ailment, so I may curtail blogging a bit this afternoon, and I sure won’t be joining any revels tonight. But my Georgia Bulldogs did reward me with a satisfying bowl win last night. The only thing that would make me happier (aside from, you know, being able to eat a meal) would be a successful conclusion to our annual fundraiser. So please, if you haven’t already, end the year right and make a tax-deductible donation to the Washington Monthly in whatever amount you can afford. Thank you so much!
Here are some midday news/views pre-New-Year’s-Eve snacks:
* At the New Yorker, Robin Wright addresses some less-publicized areas of conflict in the world as we enter 2015, from the continued agony of South Africa to the renewed authoritarianism in Egypt to the ravaging of endangered species.
* New Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan pledges major cuts in state assistance to Baltimore. Believe that “rain tax” won’t look so bad pretty soon.
* Fox’s “OverIt2014” hashtag campaign backfires rather spectacularly.
* Marco Rubio sends yet another message that he’s not afraid of or submissive towards former mentor Jeb Bush.
* An interesting evaluation from David Jarman of Daily Kos Elections of 2014 candidates as compared to early expectations.
And in non-political news:
* Oh brother: LeBron James reportedly already tired of return to Cleveland.
As we break for lunch, here’s more Television with “Call Mr. Lee.” These guys deserved a whole lot more fame than they ever earned.