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December 16, 2013 1:10 PM Lunch Buffet

By Ed Kilgore

After I decided to feature Dvorak this morning, it suddenly hit me that I bought a copy of a performance of the New World Symphony on 8-track way back in the day. Can still hear the whirring of the tape in the quieter sequences if I think about it.

Here are some midday news and views hors d’oeuvres:

* Alex Pareene’s “Hack List” is back, this time with an effort at penning a parody column. Not being hackalicious is another reason I can proudly ask you for a tax-deductible donation. Hacks usually have plenty of financial backing.

* Marty Lederman digs into the hair-splitting about contraceptions and “abortifacients” in the Hobby Lobby claim for a religious exemption from Obamacare, and concludes the Supremes will make a broader decision than the plaintiff asked for.

* Moral Monday protests in North Carolina may spread to Georgia in the 2014 state legislative session.

* Private insurers heavily advertising to secure customers via Obama exchanges now that they are more functional.

* Krugman makes case for inequality being engine of slow growth and unemployment.

And in non-political news:

* Beyonce sells over 800k copies of new album first weekend, w/o pre-release publicity. I don’t get it, but she clearly does.

As we break for lunch, here’s the Dublin Philharmonic with the first movement of the New World Symphony.

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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