Political Animal


January 25, 2013 1:48 PM Lunch Buffet

By Ed Kilgore

I hope a lot of you attended or watched the Free Live Event this morning. If you couldn’t, I hope to have a link to a recording pretty soon. It was more than worth the time.

There’s actually a lot of news-a-popping so far today. Here are some nuggets:

* A three-judge panel of the D.C. Circuit—all appointees of Republican presidents—ruled against Obama administration on recess appointments when Congress technically still in session via pro forma motions. While conservatives will go wild over this decision, it will be appealed to full Court and then to the Supremes.

* Steve Conner of The Independent digs up money trail linking Kochs and other fossil-fuel industry titans to climate change denialism campaigns.

* Obamacare provisions allowing insurers to penalize smokers could create much higher rates for them, AP’s Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar reports. Better take a cue from the president and bust out the Nicorette, folks.

* Mitt Romney visits D.C. not as Leader of the Free World, but as rich guy attending Alfalfa Club dinner. Thank you, America.

* Key Republican in Virginia state Senate announces opposition to electoral-college-rigging bill. Thank you, Senator (if your position sticks!).

And in non-political news:

* Potential breakthrough AIDS therapy announced in Australia. Keep your fingers crossed.

Back to regular blogging after I get through with sneezing fit caused by paint allergies.

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.


  • Gandalf on January 25, 2013 2:20 PM:

    So if you believe global warming is taking place(it is) and that humans are somewhat responsible for it(they are) and that the ultimate results of global warming will make the planet a hell hole at best(it will) then you'd have to say that the Kochs are enemies of mankind.(they are)

  • maggie on January 25, 2013 2:28 PM:

    OK, so here's what I don't get about the smoker thing... what constitutes a "smoker" and who decides that? Clearly if you smoke a pack a day you are a smoker, but what if you smoke the very occasional cigar, say a couple of times a year? I abhor smoking, but isnt the point of insurance to spread price risk?

  • Peter C on January 25, 2013 2:43 PM:

    Romney does sorta look like Alfalfa; I can see why he was invited.

  • HIV on January 25, 2013 3:10 PM:

    Australia? Don't they have socialized medicine there?