Political Animal


February 05, 2014 2:09 PM Lunch Buffet

By Ed Kilgore

Okay, so it’s lunchtime, and I’ve given a gander to National Signing Day action. In Rivals rankings so far, SEC teams have 5 of top 8 classes, 6 of top ten, with Bama a lock to finish first and my Georgia Bulldogs currently at 8th with two big decisions outstanding.

Here are some midday treats for you non-college-football fans:

* At TNR, Jerry Coyne recaps Bill Nye/Ken Ham debate on creationism at Kentucky’s Museum of Creation.

* Former American Idol star Clay Aiken announces House bid in NC.

* Friedman dubs diplomatic pressure on Israel over the occupation and settlement policies “the Third Intifada.”

* At the Prospect, Gershom Gorenberg offers a fascinating review of John Judis’ new book on the creation of the State of Israel and the continuing fallout from how it was accomplished.

* At The Atlantic, Peter Beinart reviews the old argument over the “liberal” label in the context of Bill O’Reilly’s interview of Obama.

And in sorta non-political news:

* Walgreen drug chain has no immediate plans to stop selling coffin nails, despite CVS action.

As we break for lunch, here’s more Freddie King, performing “Boogie Funk” in 1973.

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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