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January 13, 2014 1:57 PM Lunch Buffet

By Ed Kilgore

Spent nine hours at Poppy International Airport in Houston Saturday, but finally got home Sunday morning in plenty of time for church and a pretty impressive performance by the waves of Monterey Bay.

Here are some midday news/views snacks for your Monday consumption:

* Feds investigating Christie for alleged improper use of Sandy relief funds to promote New Jersey and his own self.

* Should be news to absolutely no one, but Pope Francis calls abortion “horrific.”

* Interesting piece from Dallas Morning News on how Ted Cruz uses the compliment “utterly fearless” so often for fellow conservatives that it can’t serve as implied candidate endorsement.

* Influential House veteran George Miller (D-CA) to retire after 40 years in House.

* Politico’s David Rogers details additional deals cut to implement December budget deal.

And in non-political news:

* Breaking Bad’s Bryan Cranston finally breaks Golden Globe drought, but Aaron Paul loses to Jon Voight’s convincincly evil performance in Ray Donovan.

As we break for lunch, here are The Runaways performing “California Paradise” in Japan in 1977.

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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