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August 30, 2013 1:55 PM Lunch Buffet

By Ed Kilgore

After registering my mixed feelings about the condition and future of college football yesterday, I proceeded to watch parts of two games. One, the South Carolina/North Carolina game, featured the worst of media contamination of the sport, as the ESPN commentators endlessly obsessed about Jadeveon Clowney (who was by all accounts having a meh sort of game) even as other USC players dominated the game. The other, a SEC tilt between Ole Miss and Vanderbilt, displayed why addicts like me are so attached to the sport: Ole Miss won 39-35 in a game with several lead changes and intense late-fourth-quarter dramatics. Even then, a different ESPN broadcast team couldn’t shut up for more than two minutes about Ole Miss’ much-heralded freshman class instead of covering the game they were watching. Politico’s not the only journalistic outlet where pre-set “narratives” are often out of control.

Anyway, here are some midday news & views on convenient toothpicks:

* IRS rules all legally married same-sex couples can file taxes jointly even if they reside in state not recognizing their marriages.

* About that poor little town in North Dakota that white supremacists are trying to take over.

* Kerry releases report showing 1,400 killed in August 8 chemical weapons attack by Syrian military.

* TPM’s Dylan Scott offers big-picture take on winding down of the War on Drugs.

* At TAP Scott Lemieux analyzes potential military strike on Syria from perspective of War Powers Act.

* Byron York previews the conservative effort to get rid of Lindsey Graham and suggests stronger primary opponent needed.

And in non-political news:

* News we can’t use or much even think about: Kris Jenner reveals she and husband Bruce made sex tape.

Continuing our musical theme of the day, here’s Nonpoint performing “International Crisis.”

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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