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July 25, 2014 1:52 PM Lunch Buffet

By Ed Kilgore

For once, I’m actually eating lunch while I write this post: the kind of Tex-Mex food that’s abundant in Georgia but not in California. I miss it now and then.

Here are some midday savories; plate may be hot!

* New CNN/ORC poll provides more evidence of rightward shift on immigration policy due to refugee crisis.

* WaPo’s Aaron Blake suggests Sen. John Walsh conducting a seminar on how not to respond to a scandal.

* RCP’s Tom Bevan attacks Scott Walker’s “cynical trek into populism” in ads hammering Democratic opponent Mary Burke’s family company for outsourcing.

* At the Plum Line, Paul Waldman blasts the F-35 project as a sign defense hawks never interested in reducing deficit.

* TNR’s Brian Beutler optimistically suggests Arkansas’ decision to continue the Medicaid expansion an example of what some red states might do if Halbig decision by DC Circuit panel upheld.

And in sorta non-political news:

* Authorities in China’s Zhegiang province tearing down crosses at 130 churches for alleged building code violations.

As we break for lunch, here’s Big Mama Thornton with her version of “Hound Dog,” which she recorded well before Elvis did:

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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