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May 05, 2014 2:05 PM Lunch Buffet

By Ed Kilgore

Up a bit late last night watching the eery halogen lights of the squid boats on Monterey Bay. Very Close-Encounterish. And I don’t even eat calamari.

Here are some non-aquatic midday treats:

* 5-4 SCOTUS decision approving prayers at local government meetings showed Court backing “coercion” as opposed to “endorsement” standard for kinds of religious expressions that crossed the constitutional lines.

* SCOTUS also refuses to hear case challenging restrictions on right to carry guns in public.

* Final pre-primary PPP survey of NC shows Tillis right at 40% threshold for avoiding runoff, but with his opponents gaining momentum.

* Marco Rubio joins Romney and Palin in endorsing Joni Ernst for Senate in Iowa.

* Interesting New York piece on CBS’ quandary about restoring suspended reporter Lara Logan to 60 Minutes crew.

And in non-political news:

* West Virginians, at bottom in so many indicators, lead nation in generosity of restaurant tips.

As we break for lunch, here’s another song of the Mexican revolution: “Juana Gallo,” as performed by Guadalupe del Carmen.

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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