Day’s End and Night Watch

In Christian communities a bit more sedate than those where it’s customary to get crazy drunk and parade through the streets half-naked, this is known as “Shrove Tuesday,” or “Pancake Day.” Pancakes, a fifth of bourbon, whatever: it’s ashes tomorrow!

Here are some remains of the day:

* Not being Alabama Republicans, the Obama administration holds off on enforcing executive orders on immigration so long as Texas federal judge’s order stands.

* Meanwhile, no sign of Senate Democrats relaxing their opposition to GOP legislation killing the executive orders.

* Phil Robertson to be given Breitbart “free speech” award at CPAC for his brave championship of homophobia. This way every single 2016 GOP presidential candidate can line up to kiss his butt.

* At Ten Miles Square, Martin Longman marvels at Netanyahu’s selfishness in making life more difficult for European Jews as part of his re-election campaign.

* At College Guide, Rachel Fishman explains new report from New America encouraging greater reliance on online instruction to meet the particular needs of community college students.

And in non-political news:

* Newly revealed 1987 interview with Lou Reed shows him trashing The Beatles and The Doors.

That’s it for Tuesday. We’ll close with Bonnie Raitt performing “Dimming of the Day” with Richard Thompson. Two really magnificent musicians, for certain sure.


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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.