Political Animal


November 22, 2013 2:04 PM Lunch Buffet

By Ed Kilgore

It’s a day of complicated logistics, but I should be back on task for the afternoon.

Here are some midday news/views treats, southern deep fried:

* Legal challenges emerging to the “two-tier” voting systems (a proof-of-citizenship requirement for state and local elections) being planned by AZ and KS.

* TNR’s Alec MacGillis adds his well-informed voice to the mockery of those anachronistically wringing hands over the demise of the Senate As We Knew It.

* Slate’s Dave Weigel looks at the nuclear option from the perspective of long-time progressive filibuster reformers.

* The Atlantic’s Conor Friedersdorf criticizes the over-blown rhetoric of “nukes” and “humiliation” surrounding filibuster reform.

* At TAP, Gabriel Arana discusses the frustration and fatigue besetting the immigration reform movement.

And in non-political news:

* Winning $16 million Powerball ticket bought in Tamps expires after six months.

As we break for lunch, here, by request, is the late Lou Reed with “The Day John Kennedy Died.”

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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