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February 11, 2014 2:06 PM Lunch Buffet

By Ed Kilgore

The rain’s gone in central California; the ice and snow are back in the Southeast; and it’s getting dangerously warm in Sochi. Crazy weather is definitely the New Normal.

* Byron York joins the pack baying at Pat Roberts as a Kansas Expat who’s gone native in Washington.

* White House announces new public-private initiative to help “young men of color.” Yes, Obama plays the race card again.

* Charlie Cook explores the unparalleled fear of being “primaried” from the Right by Republican officeholders.

* WSJ’s James Taranto takes another ill-advised plunge into the problem of campus sexual assaults.

* Holder calls on states to end disenfranchisement of ex-felons.

And in non-political news:

Shirley Temple Black dies at 85.

As we pause for lunch, here’s more Skip James performing “Skip’s Worried Blues” in 1966.

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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