Day’s End and Night Watch

As you may recall, Seton Hall University’s Robert Kelchen, an important advisor to WaMo in its college rankings project, has been in the habit of filling out a March Madness bracket based not on basketball prowess, but on the team that would prevail in any given matchup in terms of having the lowest “net price” (total costs minus grants provided) of attendence. This year’s Kelchen bracket has Wichita State (a seven-seed in the basketball tournament) winning it all. I’m proud to see my Georgia Bulldogs making it to the Elite Eight before succumbing to the Wyoming Cowboys.

Here are some remains of the day:

* Speaking of Wyoming, the Republican governor of that state, Matt Mead, is screwing up the GOP echo chamber by publicly saying he hopes the federal government wins King v. Burwell.

* Bibi explicitly promises no Palestinian State will be allowed if his government is re-elected tomorrow.

* Georgia Republicans pushing “religious liberty” bill for which fired homophobic Atlanta police chief is poster child embarrassed to discover Republican-led state government withdrew job offer to public health position applicant when YouTube video surfaced of his ranting sermons against gays and evolution.

* At Ten Miles Square, in a web exclusive, former WaMo intern Alexandra Ma candidly discusses the enormous pressures smart young people are facing to follow the herd through Ivy League schools to positions in finance or consulting. She’s fighting it all to become a journalist.

* At College Guide, Jill Barshay finds, counter-intuitively, that the student loan recipients most likely to struggle to make payments are those with relatively small loans.

And in non-political news:

* Uber pledges to hire a million women as drivers by 2020.

That’s it for Monday. We’ll close with a fine Heart performance of “Barracuda” in 1978.


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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.