Day’s End and Weekend Watch

Monday is President’s Day, so we’ll be on the Federal Holiday Lite Blogging schedule. Hope those of you celebrating or mourning Valentine’s Day tomorrow get through it all safely.

BTW, to those who wondered if I was blogging from Pebble Beach today: no, as close as I’ve gotten to the ATT&T tournament was watching the MetLife Blimp pass overhead. Am enjoying the weather, though.

Here are some remains of the day:

* House Republican Financial Services Committee members vote down Democratic effort to force reauthorization of Eximbank.

* New Gov. Tom Wolf suspends death penalty in PA pending a task force report on its fairness and effectiveness.

* In AZ, new conservative GOP State Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas fires top staff of state Board of Education to keep them from implementing Common Core. Trouble is, it’s not clear she has the authority to do so.

* In Washington today, London mayor Boris Johnson accuses Bobby Jindal of talking “complete nonsense” about “no-go zones” in the UK.

* At Ten Miles Square, Martin Longman suggests National Review Editor Rich Lowry might want to skip the Nazi analogies in criticizing Ezra Klein.

* At College Guide, Emmanuel Felton interviews lead writer of Common Core English standards.

And in non-political news:

* Back to the future: MLB to consider shrinking strike zone in 2016.

That’s it for Friday. Nancy LeTourneau is at the controls for Weekend Blogging tomorrow and Sunday. We’ll close with a live Joy Division recording of “Disorder,” performed in France near the end of 1979.

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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.