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August 02, 2013 2:29 PM Lunch Buffet

By Ed Kilgore

Sorry for the delay, but I got kinda wrapped up in deconstructing yet another David Brooks column (somebody’s got to do it), and then the iMac had an atypical but ill-timed crash.

Here are some mid-day news/views snacks, slightly warmed over:

* House passes—I am not making this up—the Keep the IRS Off Your Health Care Act of 2013. They’re really earning that recess, eh?

* Bobby Jindal heads to Iowa, at invitation of Terry Branstad, to summer party for influential hog/ethanol baron. There’s a lot of redundancy in those last four words.

* Leave it to Peggy Noonan to pen column linking appreciation of Pope Francis (a monarch elected to a term limited only by death or a very rare resignation) to an out-of-the-blue call for congressional term limits. Time for that long August vacation, Peggy; the Hamptons await.

* I’m sure Rand Paul and Ted Cruz are excited to learn that Newt Gingrich is on their team.

* Jonathan Bernstein runs through 2014 Senate landscape, and adjudges Democrats still a narrow favorite to hang onto control.

And in non-political news:

* In response to the question, “Is Kim Kardashian a Feminist Role Model?” Jezebel’s Tracie Egan Morrissey responds: “The short answer is: no. The long answer is: noooooooooooooooo.”

Back in a bit.

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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