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January 21, 2013 1:52 PM Lunch Buffet

By Ed Kilgore

As noted yesterday, this is both Inaugural Day and a federal holiday (when Lite Blogging is normally followered here), so I’ll continue to do posts as developments dictate—particularly a couple more on the text of the president’s relatively combative Inaugural Address. Here are some mid-day news morsels, both about and beyond the Inauguration:

* Another horrific massacre involving military weaponry, as troubled, camo-clad teenager in New Mexico kills five family members, including his father, a minister.

* Paul Krugman assesses Obama’s “Big Deal.”

* At Vanity Fair, Todd Purdum argues American leaders not even beginning to grasp enormity of scientific and technological change.

* At TNR, Ben Birnbaum explores (unlikely) scenario of tomorrow’s Israeli elections forcing Netanyahu to political center.

* At Plum Line, Jamelle Bouie makes case Obama did better in redeeming promises of first Inaugural than he’s given credit for.

And in non-political news:

* Pong! Atari’s US operation files for banktrupcy.

Back with more thoughts on the Inaugural Address shortly.

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

  • Martin on January 21, 2013 2:36 PM:

  • Roniotio on January 21, 2013 2:39 PM:

    "enormity of scientific and technological change"

    Enormity? Oh, come on, technological change isn't all bad.

  • Joe Friday on January 21, 2013 4:06 PM:

    "Another horrific massacre involving military weaponry, as troubled, camo-clad teenager in New Mexico kills five family members, including his father, a minister."

    Yet ANOTHER weapon that would not have existed if the Republicans had not blocked the renewal of the Assault Weapons Ban that was in effect from 1994 through 2004.

  • zandru on January 21, 2013 8:38 PM:

    "Robert E. Lee", Martin?

    In Virginia, they're celebrating Stonewall Jackson's birthday. Heh. Too bad they (the Confederates) shot him themselves...

  • Crissa on January 22, 2013 12:34 PM:

    C'mon guys this 'Atari' produces no games, doesn't have the rights to Pong, and is owned by a European Private Capital firm. It only has a tenuous connection to things which are Atari-themed.

    This is the third time this 'Atari' has gone bankrupt in the last decade. Can't you do a lexis-nexis search or something? Geez.

    And do something about the random 404 and 403 errors, I can't use my browser's 'back' button if that error crops up.