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April 18, 2012 1:31 PM Lunch Buffet

By Ed Kilgore

Still on the hook for jury duty (world”s slowest voir dire underway), but don’t have to report today until mid-afternoon PDT, so plenty o’ blogging ahead. Here’s some treats from the courthouse vending machines:

* Ted Nugent doubles down, defends his “100 percent positive” remarks about “corrupt monsters” and “communist czars” of Obama administration.

* Poll of delegates to this Saturday’s GOP convention in UT shows Orrin Hatch close to number he needs to avoid primary.

* President of New York Yankees maxes out in contribution to Scott Brown. If I were Brown, I’d send that check back with an insult.

* Relationship with regularly investigated Rep. David Rivera could be a real problem for Marco Rubio.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer notes that half of college students taking out loans never graduate but have average debt burden of over $7,000.

And in non-political news:

* TIME’s “100 Most Influential People in the World” list includes Tim Tebow and Chelsea Handler, but not Pope Benedict XVI. Go figure.

Back after a brief break.

Ed Kilgore is a contributing writer to the Washington Monthly. He is managing editor for The Democratic Strategist and a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute. Find him on Twitter: @ed_kilgore.

Comments

  • Tom Hilton on April 18, 2012 1:38 PM:

    I wish we lived in a world in which Pope Ratzinger had no influence.

  • Objective Dem on April 18, 2012 2:03 PM:

    The scary part of Nugent's comments is they remind me of the logic coming from the Norwegian right-wing nut who killed innocent kids for political reasons. I don't think Nugent would ever come close to killing people; but Nugent's language inspires and encourages nuts to commit acts of violence.

  • Texas Aggie on April 18, 2012 2:08 PM:

    Who's Chelsea Handler?

    Also, second to Mr. Hilton's motion.

  • exlibra on April 18, 2012 2:10 PM:

    * President of New York Yankees maxes out in contribution to Scott Brown. If I were Brown, I’d send that check back with an insult. -- Ed Kilgore

    Speaking of political donations... Mitt R-money has been trying to make good with Hispanic voters, and began to distance himself from Kobach. But, it ought to take a good sized tornado, to shake the Etch-a-Sketch sufficiently in this case:
    http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/entries/romney-pac-donated-2-000-to-kobach-2010

  • Quaker in a Basement on April 18, 2012 2:26 PM:

    TIME’s “100 Most Influential People in the World” list includes Tim Tebow and Chelsea Handler, but not Pope Benedict XVI

    I'm so old, I remember when Time started up a whole separate magazine so they'd have a way to publish celebrity gossip. Can anyone tell the difference between Time and People any more?

  • Kevin (not the famous one) on April 18, 2012 2:53 PM:

    ...half of college students taking out loans never graduate but have average debt burden of over $7,000.

    I'm sure the ones that graduate struggle as well but in different ways. I'm glad the for-profit schools were further exposed for the scam they are.
    Education is the vehicle that provides the monied class the indentured populace they require. How many become educated just for the thrill of it? Also not mentioned was how an education can greatly eliminate the negatives in trying to navigate a successful life, it's not all about money.

  • anon's on April 18, 2012 4:03 PM:

    Mitt's surrogate Ted Nugent was on a call to fellow republican agitator Glenn Beck's radio program and said the Secret Service has an interview with him tomorrow that he is to attend.
    Another thing that has come out of this is that Mitt is inconceivably timid as he did not condemn Nugent's threatening rant and runs to the Sean Hannity show tonight.
    And he wants to be president?
    Coward comes from the Latin cauda, meaning tail, as in a coward is one who sneaks away with tail behind his legs.