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October 16, 2013 1:57 PM Lunch Buffet

By Ed Kilgore

We’ll now get to have some fun with assessment of the fallout from the Great Manufactured Fiscal Crisis of 2013, before moving on to the next one.

Here are some midday news/views munchies:

* Kick ‘em when they’re down: Obama pledges to start pushing for House vote on immigration bill “the day after” fiscal crisis ends.

* Drudge predicts Republicans will lose House in 2014.

* No surprise: North Carolina races to cut off federally funded welfare benefits to 20,000 people, mostly children, blaming government shutdown.

* Houston Chronicle publicly regrets its 2012 general-election endorsement of Ted Cruz, who lives in Houston.

* Speaking of Cruz, Abby Rapoport explains that he’s a typical product of contemporary Texas GOP politics.

And in non-political news:

* Brian Cook’s must-read college football feature, “This Week in Schadenfreude,” focuses on unhappy fans of his own Michigan Wolverines—and to a lesser extent, Georgia Bulldog fans like me.

Back after a lunch break. This also being the anniversary of the beginning of the Chinese Communist Long March in 1934, here’s a rendition of the Maoist anthem “The East Is Red.”

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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