Political Animal


May 15, 2013 1:42 PM Lunch Buffet

By Ed Kilgore

I’m going to appear on KCRW’s fine syndicated radio show “To The Point” today, so there may be a short break in blogging after this post. I’ll try not to scream on the air.

Here are some mid-day munchies to keep you sustained:

* White House abandons prior issues with reporter shield law, asks Chuck Schumer to introduce a new bill. Better late than never.

* Battered anti-gay-marriage group the National Organization for Marriage sues IRS for alleged leaking of confidential info to the Human Rights Campaign.

* WMUR poll of early New Hampshire preferences for 2016 presidential nominations shows HRC crushing Joe Biden 65-10 (with single-digit support for other possible candidates), and five different GOPers bunched in the teens.

* Dave Weigel hilariously announces “contest” to determine the identity of the “longtime Washingtonian” quoted in this morning’s “Behind the Curtain” column to show Dems fed up with Obama.

* In the kind of real news that’s not getting noticed right now, Senate Agriculture Committee clears new five-year farm bill.

And in non-political news:

* Sanjay Gupta offers handy-dandy guide to seasonal allergies. I seem to have lots of ‘em.

Back after my radio gig.

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.


  • red rabbit on May 15, 2013 2:06 PM:

    you mean the Senate ag committee, including most Democrats, voted to cut food stamps for the needy, even though the deficit is going down and it's totally unnecessary--unless you're trying to impress the "very serious people" in DC, because you're only "very serious" if you're screwing the people who can least afford further cuts.

    But other than that...yay.

  • Bill D. on May 16, 2013 12:37 AM:

    Be careful about those handy-dandy outdoor-related guides. Often they are geared to one part of the country, usually the humid eastern third as appears to be the case with this one.

    Is grass pollen more of a problem in warm weather? Definitely, in areas where you have cold winters and humid warm summers. Not so much, in areas where the winters are cool and green and the summers dry and brown. In California you'll get the most grass pollen in spring when the grass is "blooming" before it sets seed and turns brown for the summer.