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May 02, 2014 1:48 PM Lunch Buffet

By Ed Kilgore

Sorry I somehow didn’t initially displace link to Joan Baez’s elegant rendition of “Joe Hill” this morning when I was announcing the rather different “Iron Man.” I set up the post last night, so I should have caught it.

Here are some midday news/views items with plenty of “iron:”

* Mike Tomasky shows shoddiness of House Energy & Commerce Committee “survey” on Obamacare premium payments.

* Tina Brown urges HRC to skip the Leader of the Free World thing and go straight to the post-presidency. I don’t think she’s joking.

* Atlantic’s Te-Nehisi Coates argues Bundy/Sterling antics disguise more important “elegant racism.”

* Heavily investigated former Rep. David Rivera running to regain his South Florida House seat. Not real good news for his buddy Marco Rubio.

* New Insider Advantage poll of GA GOP SEN shows David Perdue and Karen Handel (!) neck-and-neck, with three other candidates not far behind. If that’s accurate, get ready for hype about the Palin/Erickson Factor.

And in non-political news:

* Review of Twitter amusement over Jameis Winston’s crab-leg shoplifting incident.

As we break for lunch, here’s more Black Sabbath with “Diamonds and Rust”—er, no, I mean “N.I.B.”

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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