Political Animal


May 02, 2013 12:58 PM Lunch Buffet

By Ed Kilgore

I’ve been working on a fairly elaborate post about the whole Plan B emergency contraception issue, and have gotten a bit behind the curve in posting, but I should catch up at the cost of my own lunch break. But here are some snacks for you:

* To no one’s surprise, president nominates Penny Pritzker as Secretary of Commerce and Michael Froman as U.S. Trade Representative.

* Even as Hill Republicans mull various tax and spending schemes as hostages for debt limit increase, Club for Growth and Heritage unite to demand “path to balanced budget.” This bears close watching.

* New conservative legal challenge to Obamacare aims at “discriminatory” effects of insurance purchasing subsides. This, too, bears close watching.

* Gail Collins chronicles last stand for Mark Sanford, the “Luv Guv.”

* Slate serially publishing riveting memoir by Gitmo detainee.

And in non-political news:

* Reese Witherspoon comes clean on GMA about Atlanta bust.

Back in a very short while.

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.


  • Yastreblyansky on May 02, 2013 2:26 PM:

    I looked at the Obamacare challenge article and I don't get it; if plaintiffs are in a tough spot, it's their state governments that are to blame, for refusing to implement federal law, not the federal government for passing it. If I'm a black voter with no ID from Pennsylvania, should I be suing the Federal government for discriminating in favor of New Yorkers?

  • Rieux on May 02, 2013 4:15 PM:

    Michael Froman? I thought it was Obama's Windy City buddy Abe Froman, "the Sausage King of Chicago."