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September 04, 2013 1:15 PM Lunch Buffet

By Ed Kilgore

Never thought I’d be posting on September 4 on everything but fiscal issues.

Here are some midday news/views snacks:

* Rumsfeld refers to Obama as “so-called commander-in-chief” in supporting use-of-force resolution. Thanks a lot, Rummy.

* Edsall argues Democratic coalition more “fragile” than Republican coalition.

* TNR’s Isaac Chotiner points out failure to “punish” Saddam’s use of chemical weapons against Iran did not lead to their widespread use by warmakers elsewhere.

* At TAP Paul Waldman analyzes federal-state GOP teamwork in obstructing implementation of Obamacare.

* Slate’s Weigel discusses Rand Paul’s possible effort to filibuster use-of-force resolution.

And in non-political news:

* Inquiring minds want to know: Has Jack Nicholson retired?

As I break for lunch and to run some errands, here’s some more Buck Owens, this time with none other than George Jones:

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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