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August 23, 2013 2:06 PM Lunch Buffet

By Ed Kilgore

So the techies are testing the impact of today’s modest ration of music videos against a high-volume day, and we’ll know more soon. Blog and learn.

Here are some midday news items for your consumption:

* Breaking news: Nidal Hasan, the Fort Hood shooter, found guilty on all counts and could face death penalty.

* Here, finally, is the transcript for the president’s speech on college affordability in Buffalo yesterday.

* The Southern Poverty Law Center’s Hatewatch has the alarming story of a North Dakota town being taken over by white supremacists.

* Felix Salmon cites NASDAQ incident yesterday as evidence that data crashes are “inevitable and mostly harmless.”

* At TAP Jonathan Bernstein makes the case against the case against funny-looking legislative districts.

And in non-political news:

* Delta Airlines edges tobacco company for title of “Least Respected Company in America” according to survey of brand reputations.

Back after a lunch break. Here’s the incomparable voice of Joan Baez performing “The Ballad of Sacco and Vanzetti:”

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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