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August 05, 2014 2:05 PM Lunch Buffet

By Ed Kilgore

This week’s primary schedule is unusual: there are four tonight (KS, MI, MO, WA ), one (TN) on Thursday, and one (HI) on Saturday. The Hawaii primary involves some rare vicious Democratic contests. Stay tuned.

BTW, sorry for the delayed posting of the Daylight Video this morning. No, I didn’t sleep in; I accidentally “unpublished” it and didn’t realize it until much later.

Here are some seasonably warm midday news/views treats:

* New York Times’ Mark Landler supplies overview of “tensions” between U.S. and Israel over Gaza.

* Seven potential GOP presidential candidates trooping to Iowa for Christian Right conclaves and State Fair. More about this later.

* TNR’s Jonathan Cohn provides updated analysis of insurance premiums under Obamacare.

* Citing Cantor example, Paul Waldman calls for end to House special elections.

* Afghan soldier reportedly kills U.S. Major General (highest ranking U.S. casualty of Afghanistan or Iraq Wars) and 15 others at military academy.

And in non-political news:

* Patricia Krenwinkel gives rare interview on 45th annivesary week of Manson murders, for which she is still imprisoned.

As we break for lunch, here’s my favorite song (and album cover) from the long-lasting band Kansas: “Can I Tell You.”

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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