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May 01, 2014 2:03 PM Lunch Buffet

By Ed Kilgore

This oughtta be a holiday. But for a growing number of us, it’s not even an eight-hour day. So much for the March of Progress.

* TNR’s Jonathan Cohn briskly debunks the House GOP “nobody’s paying Obamacare premiums!” report.

* At Plum Line, Paul Waldman shocked! that administration may have tried to positively spin Benghazi! tragedy.

* 10 of 12 states performing in bottom quartile of new Commonwealth Fund ranking of state healthcare systems are Obamacare (and Medicare expansion) rejectionists.

* Slate’s Dahlia Lithwick explores the causes of Oklahoma’s botched lethal injection execution.

* Brother Benen summons up the energy to throw cold water on the latest fantasy of House Republicans passing comprehensive immigration reform legislation this year.

And in non-political news:

* ESPN host points out that Donald Sterling’s extensive record of housing discrimination might have been a pretty reliable indicator that the man had a few racist bones in his body.

As we break for lunch, here’s another May-Day-appropriate song: Billy Bragg’s version of “There Is Power in a Union.”

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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