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October 18, 2013 1:57 PM Lunch Buffet

By Ed Kilgore

Welcome back, furloughed federal workers! Note our fifth item below.

Here are some midday news/views treats for the final day of this curious week of dodged bullets:

* It’s no surprise, but the timing is interesting: the DeMint-founded Senate Conservatives Fund endorses Mitch McConnell’s primary opponent.

* Tom Foley, the last Democratic Speaker of the U.S. House before Nancy Pelosi, dies at 84.

* Now that deficits aren’t a real urgent problem, Greg Sargent suggests a new “grand bargain” that doesn’t involve tax increases: a huge increase in infrastructure investment to goose the economy in exchange for tax cuts.

* At TAP Paul Starr argues it’s time to revive filibuster reform pressure as Senate considers D.C. Circuit appointments.

* WaPo’s Ellen McCarthy chronicles woes of returning federal workers dealing with stockpiled emails.

And in non-political news:

* Google stocks surge past $1000 per share as video and mobile ad revenues spike.

As we break for lunch, here’s another Johnny Horton song about the 49th state: “When It’s Springtime In Alaska (It’s Forty Below)”:

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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