Political Animal


October 04, 2013 1:58 PM Lunch Buffet

By Ed Kilgore

Maybe it’s the shutdown news tedium, or the first travel-free weekend in a while, but I’ve got a really bad case of Friday Fever today. Can’t wait to get moving on doing little or nothing. But it makes me feel sorry for Weekend Workers, too, particularly those with second and third jobs—and also for the involuntarily idle.

Here are some midday snacks from the hamper:

* New York Times’ Adam Liptak has good summary of legal theories Obama could use to unilaterally boost debt limit.

* National Review urges conservatives to go small in fiscal negotiations, maybe evening offering Democrats a reprieve from sequestration.

* Emerging portrait of woman killed by Capitol Police after high-speed chase down Pennsylvania Avenue shows someone with history of mental illness. But as Josh Marshall notes, fear of car bomb may have dictated policy tactics.

* Josh Green argues Republicans have completely detached themselves from business interests in shutdown crisis.

* House Democrats plotting discharge petition strategy for “clean CR.” Hard to do, and would require at least 18 GOPers, but not impossible.

And in non-political news:

* A-Rod sues MLB for suspension, alleging “witch hunt.”

Can’t have Space Music without Bowie, so here’s David performing “Moonage Daydream” during the Ziggy Stardust tour with Mick Ronson on guitar. Make me know you really care/Make me jump into the air.

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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