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February 19, 2014 2:05 PM Lunch Buffet

By Ed Kilgore

I notice tomorrow’s high temperature in Atlanta will hit 75 degrees. It must be a relief, but don’t think they’re having that spectacular brief stretch of February spring weather I remember from college days when it made studying impossible.

Here are some tolerably warm midday news/views treats:

* Video of Cossack militiamen horsewhipping Pussy Riot members in Sochi must be worth its weight in gold to protesters against Putinism.

* Another bad sign for Putin: TNR’s Julia Ioffe says Ukrainian protests Putin’s “worst nightmare.”

* Kit Rachlis and yours truly wrap up the American Prospect/Democratic Strategist forum on the social safety net with some cautiously optimistic concluding thoughts.

* Pope Erick Erickson thunders at evangelical writers who write for liberal publications as “useful idiots of Baal.” He’s really working himself up into an Inquisition, albeit a Protestant fundamentalist one.

* Paul Waldman unearths research on political views of ultra-wealthy, who may be “elites” but sure aren’t liberals.

And in sorta non-political news:

* Virginia legislation would force cemeteries to let people be buried with their pets.

As we break for lunch, here’s another cut from Tommy, the pre-Tina-Turner version of “Acid Queen,” performed at the Isle of Wight in 1970.

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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