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March 27, 2013 1:50 PM Lunch Buffet

By Ed Kilgore

What with travel, borrowed archaic laptops, varying ISPs and routers, etc., etc., I’m in no position to know if the reported slowdown of the internet due to a cyberwar between one European firm that blocks spam and another that hosts sites is having any effect in these parts. Let us know in the comment thread if you are noticing any meta-issues in the innertubes.

Here are some mid-day news treats from my current blogging station here at a Starbucks in suburban Atlanta:

* The initial reading from SCOTUSblog’s Lyle Denniston after today’s Supreme Court oral arguments is that DOMA is in serious trouble assuming the Supremes get past a juridictional thicket. Seems Anthony Kennedy is unimpressed with the case for congressional involvement in defining marriage.

* Planned Parenthood’s Cecile Richards confirms that her group is anticipating a Supreme Court review of the various state abortion restriction laws popping up everywhere.

* New Q-Pac poll on VA governor’s race shows Cucinnelli narrowly leading McAuliffe 40-38, but with surprisingly low name ID for both these nationally famous pols. Ads, positive and negative, will soon change that.

* Kevin Drum offers his follow-up take on Ross Douthat’s “It’s all about Iraq” hypothesis of the decline of the GOP.

* At The Atlantic, Matt Taylor lays out pot legalization movement’s strategy for next steps.

And in non-political news:

* Domino’s Pizza changes gears, promises slower (but better!) preparation of your ‘za.

Back after a bite and a venue change.

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

  • G.Kerby on March 27, 2013 2:31 PM:

    While I would never buy a Domino's (even IF Monaghan supposedly sold them), their ad campaigns have been amazingly stupid. I haven't yet seen this one promising "slower" delivery, but about 6mos ago, they had a campaign about having perfected their recipes, and bragged that if you wanted to add, remove a topping, you WEREN'T ALLOWED to do so, because you'd be messing up their perfection. That campaign didn't last long (obviously).

  • Quaker in a Basement on March 27, 2013 2:43 PM:

    * Domino’s Pizza changes gears, promises slower (but better!) preparation of your ‘za.

    Did someone say "soft bigotry of low expectations"?

  • max on March 27, 2013 2:51 PM:

    * The initial reading from SCOTUSblog’s Lyle Denniston after today’s Supreme Court oral arguments is that DOMA is in serious trouble assuming the Supremes get past a juridictional thicket. Seems Anthony Kennedy is unimpressed with the case for congressional involvement in defining marriage.

    Well, hell, I'm unimpressed, but then I was unimpressed in 1996. *I* didn't make Bill Clinton sign it.

    At any rate, I can't see any sensible exclusionary argument for locking out gay marriage, and I'm glad Kennedy agrees with me. A combination partial knockdown on DOMA and a punt on Prop. 8 is a big hairy win as far as I'm concerned.

    max
    ['Virginia v. Loving is coming soon enough.']

  • Keith M Ellis on March 27, 2013 3:05 PM:

    Your link to the BBC article on the Internet problems is malformed.

    [fixed, thank you - mod.]