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June 11, 2013 2:06 PM Lunch Buffet

By Ed Kilgore

I really blows my mind that the events I wrote about in today’s first two posts occurred 50 years ago. Perhaps as a southerner and the worst little political junkie you’ve ever seen I was a bit more aware of the civil rights struggle than most white kids in elementary school, but still: 50 years! It’ll get worse in 2015 when we commemorate the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which may be close to a dead letter by then.

Anyway, here are some mid-day morsels for your consumption:

* Obama administration formally abandons legal fight to restrict over-the-counter access to Plan B contraception after series of judicial setbacks.

* But House schedules vote to enact national ban on abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy.

* Bill Daley forms exploratory committee in move towards gubernatorial bid in Illinois; the Democratic incumbent, Pat Quinn, has dreadful approval numbers.

* TAP’s Jamelle Bouie argues public support for data-mining based on abstract nature of civil liberties concerns.

* The Atlantic’s Olga Khazan explains the attraction of Iceland to whistle-blowing fugitives.

And in non-political news:

* Tense Tuesday: evacuations forced by bomb threats at Princeton University, Georgia State Capitol, Richmond airport.

Back after hunting and collecting lunch and some more news.

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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