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February 10, 2014 1:57 PM Lunch Buffet

By Ed Kilgore

I had big problems sleeping last night, which I will try not to attribute to the decision to watch last night’s highly bathetic episode of The Walking Dead, which followed the formula: weep and fret, weep and fret, kill a few zombies, weep and fret.

In any event, here are some midday, er, bites:

* The Intercept, the new digital magazine fronted by Glenn Greenwald, launched today. I’d offer a link, but the site’s down; don’t know whether the culprit is heavy traffic or technical miscalculations or hostile hackers.

* Kind of shocking that former Missouri football star Michael Sam’s revelation that he’s gay is creating such shock-waves. Like other pioneers, he’ll be followed by many others, I suspect. And if cowardly NFL teams down-grade his draft status, they’ll deserve every bit of flack they get.

* Reid mulls another round of filibuster reform. You know where I stand on that one: filibuster delenda est!

* TNR’s Jonathan Cohn takes on the conservative argument that ACA leaves too many people uninsured.

* WaPo’s Sudarsan Raghavan writes horrific account of communal violence in the Central African Republic.

And in non-political news:

* Attention arm-chair (or more precisely desk-top) theologians: Dead Sea Scrolls go digital.

As we break for lunch and I hope for a power-nap, here’s Bowie with another cut from Ziggy Stardust: “Hang On To Yourself.” We move like tigers on vaseline.

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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