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January 22, 2014 1:57 PM Lunch Buffet

By Ed Kilgore

Looks like more polar vortex fun for those of you east of the Mississippi. Bundle up.

Here are some warm midday news/views snacks:

* In contrast to what’s happening in Arkansas, Virginia Democrats won a special state senate election that may help them win control of the chamber and improve chances for Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s proposed Medicaid expansion.

* Speaking of VA, conservative reporter Byron York explores the indictments against former Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife and concludes they allege deep and systemic corruption.

* New PPP survey of FL shows unpopular incumbent Gov. Rick Scott gaining ground against his unpopular predecessor and current opponent, Charlie Crist.

* House GOP Whip Kevin McCarthy articulates what may be next “Republican Establishment” position on immigration: yes to legalization, no to citizenship.

* Another nasty GOP Senate primary now brewing in OK, where special election will be held to fill Tom Coburn’s seat.

And in non-political news:

* Sears to close its flagship downtown Chicago store.

As we break for lunch, here’s Cyndi Lauper on French TV performing “Sally’s Pigeons,” a song about a friend’s death from an unsafe illegal abortion (with an a cappella rendition of “True Colors” as a bonus).

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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