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April 07, 2014 2:03 PM Lunch Buffet

By Ed Kilgore

Sorry for the slow blogging pace this morning, but I’ve become ensnared in Jonathan Chait’s vast piece on race and politics (which I’ll post about shortly), which requires more than a cursory reading.

Here are some less complex midday news/views items:

* Vox explains itself in a launch—or arguably relaunch—essay.

* MoJo’s David Corn unearths a 2009 Rand Paul video in which the Kentuckian seems to accuse Dick Cheney of taking America to war to benefit Halliburton.

* In what may be political version of a Freudian slip, Scott Brown forget to identify himself as a Republican in filing for the Senate in NH.

* Brendan Eich could have probably done without a defense from Donald Trump.

* New surveys show Arkansas and Florida gubernatorial contests as dead heats.

And in non-political news:

* Boulder again “least obese” American city; tri-state Appalachian area most obese.

As we break for lunch, here’s Sister Rosetta Tharpe with her best-known song, “Up Above My Head.”

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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