Day’s End and Night Watch

For some reason, at choir practice last night, I found myself humming what I’ve subsequently decided will be my Daylight Video for Labor Day: “Boney Fingers.” It could be the national anthem.

Here are some remains of the day:

* At the Plum Line, Greg Sargent thinks Trump can maintain his leverage over the RNC with his “must continue to be treated fairly” condition for signing the Pledge against an indie run.

* At the Atlantic, Russell Berman explains a House conservative plot to force what amounts to a no-confidence vote on Boehner’s leadership if he doesn’t cooperate in a “defunding Planned Parenthood” kamikaze action.

* At Ten Miles Square, Richard Skinner discusses the factors other than wanting the office that lead people like Donald Trump to run for president.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer reports that the revisionist history textbooks demanded by the right-wing Texas School Board are beginning to hit the classrooms, and they’re pretty bad.

* At The Grade, Alexander Russo discusses the impact of blogs on local education coverage.

And in non-political news:

* Labor Day drivers will enjoy lowest gasoline prices since 2004.

That’s it for Thursday. We’ll close with Freddie King covering Guitar Slim’s “The Things That I Used to Do” on the Old Grey Whistle Test in 1975.


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Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.