Political Animal


November 01, 2013 1:48 PM Lunch Buffet

By Ed Kilgore

Trying to avoid dipping into the Halloween treat basket which went untouched last night. Like I said, not a lot of kids in my neighborhood, though lots of folks fully into their second childhoods.

Here are some midday news/views treats from various baskets:

* Here we go again: man with rifle shooting people—including TSA agents—at LAX. He’s been apprehended, but no clear news on casualties or motive.

* Pew reports big split between Tea- and Non-Tea Republicans on existence of global warming.

* NBC/WSJ survey finds Tea Party Republicans more favorable towards party than non-Tea GOpers. More about that later.

* Second Circuit Court of Appeals stays district court ruling banning NYPD’s Stop-and-Frisk policy, orders new hearing with different district court judge because of alleged partiality of judge involved.

* Initial numbers show vast majority of October Obamacare enrollees signed up for Medicaid.

And in sorta non-political news:

* Yelp reviewers sue for compensation. Scribblers of all nations, unite!

As we break for lunch, here’s another “saintly” song from Tom Waits (as suggested this morning by commenter Eric Wilde): “Hang on St. Christopher,” recorded in 1987.

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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