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August 13, 2013 2:09 PM Lunch Buffet

By Ed Kilgore

On this day 52 years ago, construction began on the Berlin Wall. I thought about making it a music video theme, but figured I’d heard Pink Floyd’s “The Wall” quite often enough, thank you very much.

Here are some midday news and views bites, warm if served a bit late:

* Ezra Klein explains the latest “Obamacare delay” brouhaha, over out-of-pocket-costs cap, for some insurers.

* Jerry Brown signs country’s first law protecting rights of transgender K-12 students.

* TNR’s Nate Cohn suggests HRC’s speech series designed to address her 2008 vulnerabilities among minorities and the left.

* The Atlantic’s Matt Taylor argues HRC doesn’t have those vulnerabilities so much any more.

* Justice Department and six state AGs sue to stop USAirways/American merger. More about this later.

And in non-political news:

* Still more evidence of big autograph signing sessions by Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel, but no smoking gun evidence of payments so far.

Traffic will perform a relatively obscure but wonderful keyboard-heavy classic while I take a brief lunch 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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