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January 15, 2014 1:57 PM Lunch Buffet

By Ed Kilgore

Shifting back to PST after periodic EST and CST sojourns has been a pain, so sorry if I’m hitting the snooze button three times and putting up the Daylight Video at a scandalous near-6:00 AM this week. Maybe I’ll buy an old clock radio and use my long-lost habit of tuning it to some horrendous station to shock me out of sleep. You can share any sure-fire wakeup tactics you happen to have in the comment thread.

Here are some midday new/views items to keep you alert:

* Check out this important Sunlight Foundation report on political donors most likely to exploit prospective abolition of contribution limits by SCOTUS.

* Baker/Savage story in New York Times predicts Obama about to propose cautious extension of limits on government surveillance, but nothing dramatic.

* Obama heads to North Carolina to announce Energy Department-financed manufacturing institute based at NC State.

* At The Atlantic, Barbara Ehrenreich revisits her famous findings on the agony of getting by with mininum-wage jobs.

* Jim “Trouble Magnet” Moran retiring after 12 tumultuous terms in Congress; expect huge field for this high-profile and safe D NoVa seat.

And in non-political news:

* Credit agencies may start perusing social media for supplementary info on Americans. Ugh.

Afraid I don’t have any follow-on tunes about the Sparticist Uprising of 1919 I can find, so as we break for lunch, let’s shift gears to songs about revolution, which means we can also stick with The Kinks: here they are with the ominous “When a Solution Comes.”

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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