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A different kind of bedtime problem

Bunk beds changed our lives.

My daughter was the--pardon the pun--bedtime nightmare before that. My son had his music and would play quietly until he fell asleep. He always, every night managed to find his way to his bed even if he'd been playing on the floor. But my daughter was still out in the living room, refusing to be alone, and wanting to cuddle with a grownup in the dark until she fell asleep and was transferred to her own bed. It was rather inconvenient. Sitting in the dark...first with the tv then eventually without anything to help expedite the process.

Then she got princess sheets and the lower bunk. She decorated the walls and got to keep a few small toys under her pillow. The routine is great.

Originally, bedtime at our house kicked off at 7pm. But then came kindergarten and evenings when my exhausted older son would be ready to fall down (or grumpy) at 6pm (and sleep until 6am!) so 6:30pm has become our default "start" time for months. That means we take t…

The dangers of saying Bernie Sanders can still win

For those who follow me on Twitter and Facebook, you saw yesterday that I posted a brief preview of what to expect in the Wisconsin primary on Tuesday on the Democratic side. Hillary Clinton's goal for the evening is 38 delegates (of 86) while Bernie Sanders has a goal of 48 delegates. Those are "where they should be if they expect to win the nomination." Currently, Sanders leads by an average of 4 points. But he needs to win by about 10 points to get that kind of delegate count. As myself and others have tried to hammer home all primary season, it's less about who wins and loses each state and more about the margins. Because delegates are awarded proportionally, you must win big to gain lots of delegates.

The Clinton campaign was quoted on Real Clear Politics this morning as saying they think April 26 will be the date they expect the race to become clear. It's hard to tell what they mean by that considering the nomination seems to be a moving target this year wi…