Political Animal


May 15, 2014 2:09 PM Lunch Buffet

By Ed Kilgore

Just when it looked like the abundance of political news was on a general upswing, along came today, with mostly warmed-over yelling about “news” that’s no longer new.

But from this unappetizing basket, here are some news/views snacks that might be worth a taste:

* For those of you interested in Day Two of the Jill Abramson firing, here’s a deep backgrounder from Gabriel Sherman.

* 9/11 Museum dedication ceremony adjusted at last minute to drop singing of “Bridge Over Troubled Waters” after speech by Chris Christie.

* Shinseki not inclined to take fall for alleged mistreatment of patients at VA health facilities.

* Whether we’re watching a temporary “lull” in GOP shrieking about Obamacare, or something more profound, new mood is definitely smoothing the confirmation process for new HHS nominee Sylvia Mathews Burwell, reports Robert Pear.

* Prospect’s Robert Waldman looks at some polling and finds genuine substantive disagreements among Republicans—voters, that is, not necessarily pols.

And in nonpolitical news:

* Army of Darkness leads list of ten most overrated cult movies.

As we break for lunch, here’s more Drive-By Truckers, with “Where the Devil Don’t Stay.”

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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