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May 31, 2013 1:56 PM Lunch Buffet

By Ed Kilgore

Pretty lively day for a late-Spring Friday, I’d say. But barring breaking news, I’m sure it will slow down to a near-snooze by the time Washingtonians clog the Interstates going to the ‘burbs. Don’t miss that one single bit.

Here are some mid-day snacks you might have missed when the food truck came by:

*Peggy Noonan joins Rich Lowry in the bar car of the crazy train by treating IRS investigation as a virtual clash of civilizations.

* One Democrat not happy with Michele Bachmann’s retirement: 2012 opponent Jim Graves, who suspends 2014 campaign, which would now have to go in very different direction.

* Krugman draws attention to the two million people who would lose SNAP (food stamp) eligibility under the House Ag Committee farm bill.

* TNR’s Jonathan Cohn reports good news on participation of insurers in the Obamacare federal health insurance exchanges that will operate in states refusing to set up their own.

* TAP’s Paul Waldman notes 33d anniversary of CNN.

And in non-political news:

* Giant asteroid passes Earth today. Heads up!

Speaking of space: Back after some brief moonlighting.

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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