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April 25, 2013 1:34 PM Lunch Buffet

By Ed Kilgore

Nearly got thrown off schedule by my self-indulgence in writing a 1254-word post on communitarian conservatism, but a brief burst of actual news saved me. Here are some mid-day snacks of reasonably high nutritional quality:

* Ezra Klein nicely explodes emerging meme that Congress is so aware of Obamacare’s flaws that it’s working to exempt itself from the law’s provisions.

* Greg Sargent explores (as I should do as well some time very soon) the one genuine left-right “coalition” effort going on in Congress: the Brown-Vitter “break up the big banks” initiative.

* At TNR, Michael Kinsley ponders the NRA’s likely position on legislation to make it harder to secure explosives.

* At TAP, Harold Meyerson looks at current low-wage worker protests in the broader context of the U.S. labor movement.

* At The Atlantic, Garance Franke-Ruta argues that nature of big urban centers make their newspapers inherently more liberal than owners might prefer.

And in sorta non-political, or at least anti-political, news:

* Netherlands about to experience its first purely ceremonial monarch.

Back after a nutrition break of my own.

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.


  • T2 on April 25, 2013 2:06 PM:

    as could have been predicted, the GOP has now blamed Obama for the Marathon bombing. Lindsey Graham put the ball in play, accusing the Obama Administration for "systemic failure" in the bombing. My only question, what took them so long?

  • Joe Friday on April 25, 2013 2:24 PM:


    A new 'Public Policy Polling' poll has New Hampshire Senator Kelly Ayotte (R) DOWN 15 points from her previous approval rating in a survey that followed her vote against requiring background checks for firearms purchases.

    Among the critical third of voters who described themselves as moderates, disapproval of Ayotte increased by 21 points, with two-thirds saying her vote against background checks made them less likely to vote for her.

    In a hypothetical matchup against popular Democratic Governor Maggie Hassan, previous polling already had Hassan only trailing Ayotte 46-44.