Day’s End and Night Watch

I’ll add my expressions of sympathy to so many others at the untimely death of Beau Biden over the weekend. The only silver lining is how many anecdotes it’s spurred of Joe Biden’s kindnesses to others.

Here are some remains of the day:

* WaPo’s Jose DelReal argues Graham’s favorite-son strategy for winning GOP nomination has never worked before.

* Brian Beutler throws cold water on reports of a Bernie Sanders surge in Iowa.

* McConnell filling the amendment tree on House NSA bill to prevent Paul amendments. Can’t these two Kentucky Republicans get along?

* At Ten Miles Square, Daniel Thompkins shows how ancient Athenians’ egalitarian habits helped build human capital and escape supposedly iron limits on productivity.

* At The Grade, Alexander Russo discusses an upsurge in media attention about school resegregation.

* At College Guide, Jill Barshay explores the perils of leaving it to colleges to estimate off-campus living costs.

And in non-political news:

* Malaysia Airlines, which is not having a good year, lays off a third of its workers.

That’s it for Monday. We’ll close with a Rolling Stones song where Ronnie Wood made a notable contribution: 1983’s “Undercover of the Night.”


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.