Political Animal


May 20, 2014 2:23 PM Lunch Buffet

By Ed Kilgore

A lot going on today, Animals. Sorry for the late lunch.

Here are some midday snacky-snackies:

* Reid hints at possible future use of “nuclear option” to reduce Senate debate time over low-level nominees being held up by Republicans.

* A second harassment allegation (this time involving ex-husband) arises against OR GOP SEN candidate Monica Wehby, expected to win nomination today thanks to all-mail-ballot system.

* Forbes features first—but probably not last—conservative attack I’ve seen on Pence’s Medicaid expansion plan.

* At TNR, Brian Beutler articulates case against appointing Julian Castro to a “Cabinet backwater.”

* Final GA GOP SEN poll has Kingston and Handel dead-even for runoff spot.

And in non-political news:

* Big new lawsuit against NFL by former players alleges league fed them illegal painkillers.

As we break for lunch, here’s a Richard and Linda Thompson classic, “Wall of Death.”

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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