Political Animal


May 09, 2013 1:57 PM Lunch Buffet

By Ed Kilgore

Checked my bank account, and no, I won’t be traveling to Australia or South Pacific to watch solar eclipse. Actually didn’t have to check, but fun to pretend there was ever a possibility.

Here are some mid-day news/views morsels, piping hot:

* This actually isn’t a new idea (it was a reality in some states in the 19th century), but discussion in New York of non-citizen voting will become big talking point for immigration reform opponents, I betcha.

* Politico testing metered subscription system for access to its content in six states and overseas. Guess those expensive print ads by lobbying firms aren’t paying the freight any more.

* Obama allegedly taking “jobs tour” to Texas to make Ted Cruz the face of the extremist opposition.

* Greg Sargent explores how many conservative changes the Gang of Eight immigration bill can take on without blowing up the whole coalition.

* At TAP, Gershom Gorenberg rebuts idea Israel trying to push U.S. into Syria intervention.

And in sorta non-political news:

* PPP survey finds that Republicans, Democrats and independents all pretty much equally dislike Justin Bieber.

Back after an actual lunch break.

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.


  • Fake Irishman on May 09, 2013 2:23 PM:

    Ed, The big question is whether or not Justin Beiber is more popular than Congress (or Nickleback,for that matter)

  • Sgt. Gym Bunny on May 09, 2013 3:09 PM:

    You know what, with corporations calling the shots for most elections in this country, I can't say I'd be too opposed to non-citizens voting. I mean, at least they're people.

  • lahke on May 09, 2013 3:42 PM:

    Here you go, Ed--this one will be easy to get to:

  • lahke on May 09, 2013 3:44 PM:

    Better map: you want to head to the KY-TN border for this eclipse.