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February 18, 2013 1:25 PM Lunch Buffet

By Ed Kilgore

As previously indicated, we’re in Lite Blogging mode today because it is a federal holiday. And it’s also a slow news day so far, as is indicated by the high placement in news aggregators of whining by the White House press corps about their lack of access to the president’s golf outing in Florida. But here are some other mid-day nibbles:

* CPAC’s speaker lineup next month so far includes, as expected, Cantor, McConnell, Rubio, Paul the Younger, and Ted Cruz. More surprising are Jeb Bush, and, defying her political obituaries, St. Joan of the Tundra.

* Speaking of the Savior of the Republican Party, Rubio is visiting Jerusalem this week, complete with a meeting with Bibi—an important box to check for anyone considering presidential run.

* Estimated 35,000 march on the Mall to oppose Keystone XL Pipeline. See Sam Knight’s report from yesterday.

* WaPo’s Jennifer Rubin not shrieking “betrayal!” yet at apparent inclination of McCain and Graham to demur on extended filibuster of Hagel confirmation, but she’s getting warmed up.

* Nebraska’s Johanns joins list of 2014 Senate retirees after just one term.

And in non-political news:

* Maker’s Mark backs down on plan to reduce alcohol content of its famous bourbon; Wonkblog’s Neil Irwin provides backstory.

Back within the hour.

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.


  • c u n d gulag on February 18, 2013 1:43 PM:

    Man, I'd hate to be the custodian at the CPAC later this year, and have to clean-up the diarrhetic work-turds Klondike Barbie will leave behind.

    How can we miss you, Sister Sarah of Sitka, if you never go the feck away?

  • Joe Friday on February 18, 2013 1:44 PM:

    Gee, Like NOBODY Saw This Coming.

    Over the weekend, thousands of Hezbollah fighters crossed the border into Syria from Lebanon and joined the fight on the side of the Assad government.

    Did the West actually believe the Shiites would just sit on their hands while they helped the Sunnis attempt to topple the Syrian government ?

  • pghpa on February 18, 2013 3:31 PM:

    Rachel Maddow noted that MSNBC's Chris Hayes will be
    on a discussion panel with Ralph Reed at CPAC next month.
    It could be interesting to see.

  • exlibra on February 18, 2013 4:11 PM:

    [...] whining by the White House press corps about their lack of access to the presidentís golf outing in Florida. -- Ed Kilgore

    Oh, then I guess those planes which entered the no-fly zone must have been piloted by the intrepid journalists in search of pics of two black men in their golfing whites?