Political Animal


August 21, 2013 1:56 PM Lunch Buffet

By Ed Kilgore

A nice morning with very little political news but still lots of interesting discussions. Plus Hawaiian music!

Here are some midday news/views snacks served luau-style:

* Bradley Manning sentenced by military judge to 35 years in prison, minus 1294 days already served.

* PPP survey shows Mary Landrieu maintaining a sizable (50/40) lead over GOP favorite Bill Cassidy, but with internals indicating her lead will drop when Cassidy becomes better known.

* TNR’s Alec MacGillis totes up Bill de Blasio’s most notable liberal cultural signals. It’s pretty funny.

* Anti-marriage-equality crusader Maggie Gallagher blasts Chris Christie for signing bill banning “gay conversion therapy.”

* Kevin Drum calls for editorial intervention w/ MoDo.

And in non-political news:

* Pope Benedict XVI attributes surprise resignation to “mystical experience.” Nice contrast w/ pols saying God has told them to run for office.

Back in a bit. Here’s some “Jawaiian” music, a.k.a. Hawaiian reggae, with Simplisity performing “The Rain Keeps Falling.”

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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