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January 04, 2013 1:57 PM Lunch Buffet

By Ed Kilgore

Expected this to be an incredibly slow news day, but we’re actually ahead of schedule on posting. Here are some mid-day treats:

* Club for Growth makes vote for Sandy funding a “key vote”—e.g., bait for primary opponents.

* Speaking of primaries: NRSC will return to pre-2010 practice of regular intervention to avoid toxic nominees.

* Number of states with approved health care exchanges under Obamacare up to 20.

* New York Times editorial argues Al Jazeera should be given a chance to show independence from its Qatar government owners before cable and satellite operators ban Current, which AJ just bought.

* Dave Weigel reviews the slapdash and botched right-wing effort to purge Boehner.

And in non-political news:

* 30-second network ad during Super Bowl will cost $4 million this year, up a half-mil from 2012.

Back after some chores.

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

  • jjm on January 04, 2013 2:16 PM:

    Is Fox News totally independent of its Saudi owners?

  • schtick on January 04, 2013 3:14 PM:

    Nice to know all this "job creators" still need tax breaks and regulations dumped so they can live up to their name, yet can afford billions for ads.

  • Memekiller on January 04, 2013 3:26 PM:

    "* New York Times editorial argues Al Jazeera should be given a chance to show independence from its Qatar government owners before cable and satellite operators ban Current, which AJ just bought."

    Does the NYT hold government funded PBS and the BBC to the same standard? What about China's CCTV America? Unlike China, Qatar is a US ally.

    I am amazed at how acceptable bigotry regarding Islam and Arabs has become.

  • FriscoSF on January 04, 2013 3:38 PM:

    Just curious:
    Has Fixed Noise shown its' independence of Logic and Sanity ??
    Someone should give them a chance

  • Memekiller on January 04, 2013 3:54 PM:

    Don't know why I said China wasn't a US ally. They are certainly a boogey-man.

  • OKDem on January 04, 2013 4:40 PM:

    * Club for Growth makes vote FOR Sandy funding a “key vote”—e.g., bait for primary opponents.

    Fixed.