Day’s End and Night Watch

Meant to mention this morning that I have powerful memories of the first time I really listened to “Venus in Furs.” It was in a bar in New Orleans where Happy Hour began promptly at 3:00 AM. The music seemed entirely appropriate.

Here are some remains of the day:

* Mike Tomasky calls Obama’s Selma speech “a manifesto for Blue America’s values.”

* At the Prospect, Paul Waldman pens open letter to HRC asking her to earn progressives’ trust. More about this tomorrow.

* Fraternity chapter at University of Oklahoma shut down after video leaked of unquestionably racist chant by members.

* At Ten Miles Square, Harold Pollack accuses Republicans of political incompetence for their poor handling of the Selma commemoration.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer looks at the phenomenon of for-profit colleges going non-profit to evade punishment for malfeasance.

And in non-political news:

* Indie band protests McDonald’s asking it to perform at SXSW for burgers, if not peanuts.

That’s it for Monday. Let’s close with John Cale performing “Mercenaries” in Germany in 1984.


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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.