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December 17, 2013 1:57 PM Lunch Buffet

By Ed Kilgore

As part of an annual self-evaluation, I’ve been trying to figure out what my professional peer group does and does not do as compared to the offerings here at PA. But I’m not sure who out there other than Steve Benen really does the one-person news-cycle blogging gig. There are plenty of great writers who do maybe four or five posts a day, and a decent number of sites where multiple writers keep fresh content up throughout the work day. So I’d appreciate your help in identifying the people crazy enough to blog at this pace. If you are impressed that not many people are this crazy, you can always make a tax-deductible donation to help keep the craziness going for another year.

And now for some midday nutrition:

* Ron Fournier pens a masterpiece of false equivalency comparing Obama to W. More about that directly.

* Senate Republicans meet today to figure out how to use denial of unanimous consent agreements to either kill some Obama nominations or keep the Senate in session through Xmas. Sounds like a “War On Christmas” aborning.

* TNR’s Isaac Chotiner interviews North Korea expert B.R. Meyers to figure out what the recent “purge” in that country means, with unsettling results.

* The Guardian’s Spencer Ackerman responds to the case NSA officials made for their most questionable activities via 60 Minutes.

* At The Week, Elizabeth Stoker evaluates the conservative criticisms of Pope Francis’ social and economic message.

And in non-political news:

* Bill Connelly offers a preview of the first 2013-14 college football bowl game, featuring everybody’s favorite pirate enthusiast, Mike Leach, whose rebuilding project at Washington State achieves its first benchmark.

As we break for lunch, I can’t talk about Atlanta music without mentioning my all-time favorites, Guadalcanal Diary. Here’s a song I don’t think I’ve posted before: “Whiskey Talk,” performed in Athens in 2011.

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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