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April 08, 2013 1:47 PM Lunch Buffet

By Ed Kilgore

So I’m a bit groggy after staying up to watch the two-hour season premiere of Mad Men, which (mild spoiler alert!) could probably be summed up with these famous images:

Now here are some mid-day potluck offerings:

* In a brief interruption of coverage of the Hillary ‘16 euphoria, reporters force Chelsea Clinton to “leave the door open” to a future political run.

* Orszag argues chained CPI not so different from regular CPI as generally assumed—which, of course, diminishes its value as a deficit-reduction cure-all.

* Former prodigy speechwriter Jon Favreau debuts as a columnist with Daily Beast piece on sequestration.

* Dave Weigel has a good brief compilation of anti-Thatcher British pop music.

* Fine TAP piece from 2005 about disastrous impact of Thatcher’s old-age pension “reforms.”

* New study shows reporting on a woman’s physical appearance, negative or positive, reduces her electability as political candidate.

And in non-political news:

* Cardinal week: Louisville faces Michigan in NCAA men’s tournament final tonight; Louisville faces UConn in women’s final tomorrow night.

Back in under an 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.

Comments

  • paul on April 08, 2013 1:55 PM:

    Shorter Orzag: chained CPI only lowers reported inflation when dogfood is significantly cheaper than human food.

  • max on April 08, 2013 3:08 PM:

    Orszag argues chained CPI not so different from regular CPI as generally assumed—which, of course, diminishes its value as a deficit-reduction cure-all.

    Which is why Orszag and company want it so badly - because it does nothing. {snork} 'Trust us, nothing will happen except that the deficit will go down because of our Grand Bargain with the confidence fairy, and this has nothing to do with the fact that we've been pushing deficit reduction since before the financial crisis.'

    Fine TAP piece from 2005 about disastrous impact of Thatcher’s old-age pension “reforms.”

    Nice juxtaposition there.

    max
    ['If I'd known they were Thatcherites, I'd have voted for Hillary, who might not have been better, but certainly wouldn't have been any worse.']

  • Joe Friday on April 08, 2013 7:21 PM:

    "Orszag argues chained CPI not so different from regular CPI"

    Krugman has already called bullshit on that notion.