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April 03, 2014 2:09 PM Lunch Buffet

By Ed Kilgore

Seems just yesterday that midwest was battling snowstorms. Now tornado sirens are going off in St. Louis. But there’s no global climate change, of course.

Here are some less turbulent midday news/views items:

* Peter Beinart argues that GOPer cheerleading over McCutcheon will make it harder for party to shake its plutocratic rep.

* Prospect’s Abby Rapoport discusses very public blame Andy Cuomo is getting for gutting public campaign financing in New York.

* Fascinating AP story on “Cuban Twitter” created by contractors working for USAID.

* Tips from the coach: George Will advises “Draft Jebbie!” movement to be more circumspect about their anti-Tea animus.

* James Oliphant documents how hard-core Right took over Arizona legislature.

And in non-political news:

* Paula Deen’s comeback marred by closure of Uncle Bubba’s.

As we break for lunch, here’s first song protesting potential U.S. participation in World War I: “I Didn’t Raise My Boy To Be a Soldier,” by the Peerless Quartet.

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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