Day’s End and Night Watch

Yesterday I linked to a Steve Waldman piece on making a connection between national and community service initiatives and local journalism coverage, but I wrongly suggested public funding was involved. Steve was talking about national and community service ventures being a model for a new national non-profit called Report for America that would guide private dollars into living stipends for journalists committing two years to local coverage of news. Sorry I didn’t get it right the first time.

Here are some remains of the day:

* On eve of Francis’ encyclical, Pew finds American Catholics’ views on climate change are just about like everyone else’s, which has been the case on most issues recently.

* As Jeb Bush heads towards first post-announcement Iowa event, Joni Ernst invites him to straddle a hog for a ride with her. I bet behind the scenes presidential candidates are already tired of her.

* Conservative columnist Phillip Klein says if Republicans cannot beat Hillary Clinton they should “disband the party.” What then? Bring back the Whigs?

* At Ten Miles Square, Martin Longman does a good job of explaining the phrase “all other things remaining equal” so often attached to political science characterizations of election fundamentals.

* At The Grade Alexander Russo praises NPR’s “Grad Rates” Series on measuring and improving school graduation rates.

And in non-political news:

* 40th anniversary of trade of Kareen Abdul-Jabbar from the Bucks to the Lakers, second only to Babe Ruth Sox-to-Yankees deal as worst sports trade in history.

That’s it for Tuesday. Just think: in eight months we’ll be having primaries on nearly every Tuesday! Anyway, let’s close with another fabulous, if surreal, cover: the Red Army Choir with “Sixteen Tons.”

Selah.

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.