Day’s End and Night Watch

Woke up in the middle of the night with sinus issues, then had a nose running like a faucet, then had to sit upright for a while to regularize it all. Lord knows what noxious thing is blooming here in paradise, but it robbed me of some important sleep.

Here are some remains of the day:

* Two Democratic FEC commissioners take unprecedented step of publicly demanding agency vigilence over widly uncontrolled campaign spending activities, but three GOP commissioners are almost certain to demand inaction.

* Merkel credited with key role in convincing Canada and Japan to join G7 greenhouse gas emissions goals.

* Greg Sargent reports Sens. Flake and Kaine about to make new push for congressional use of force resolution on Islamic State.

* At Ten Miles Square, Anne Kim reports on new effort in Texas to help supply financial services in “banking deserts” where consumer credit not available.

* At College Guide, Jill Barshay discusses a Urban Institute report suggesting the real student loan problem populations are grad students, dropouts, and those attending for-profit schools.

* At The Grade, Alexander Russo wonders if Rick Perry still wants to abolish the Department of Education–one of the two targets he actually could remember in that famous 2011 debate gaffe.

And in non-political news:

* Apple Music–the long-awaited streaming music service–arrives.

That’s it for Monday. Let’s close with one of the lesser-known tracks from Boz’s big mainstream album from 1976, Silk Degrees. It’s pop perfection: “Love Me Tomorrow.”


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.