Political Animal


May 17, 2013 1:57 PM Lunch Buffet

By Ed Kilgore

Lotta strolls down memory lane for me this week, what with yesterday’s revisiting of the Confederate Flag issue in the unlikely context of the MA Senate race, and today’s reminiscence on attending segregated schools. I’ll try to “live in the present” the rest of the day.

Here are some mid-day bites of varying quality, but all piping hot:

* House Gang of Eight announces a sorta kinda agreement on immigration reform. More about that shortly.

* Today’s House Ways & Means Committee hearing on IRS scrutiny of tax-exempts “quickly turned into partisan jousting.” That’s a shock.

* Karen Handel announces candidacy for U.S. Senate seat in Georgia, and the plot thickens.

* At TAP, Jonathan Bernstein describes problems with tax-exempt political groups product of “40 years of whack-a-mole” as system for regulating campaign financing has largely collapsed.

* National Journal’s Beth Reinhard explores how Marco Rubio is trying to shore up his Tea Party street cred despite identification with immigration reform.

And in non-political news:

* Slideshow lists celebrities with Type 2 diabetes.

Back after a brief moonlighting 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.


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