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August 15, 2014 2:06 PM Lunch Buffet

By Ed Kilgore

I may curtail blogging a bit early today in order to catch a flight. I’ll try to make up for it with some up-close political tidbits next week from my trip to Iowa.

Here are some midday news/views tidbits:

* Ferguson police release name of Michael Brown’s killer, but then circulate material suggesting Brown was “prime suspect” in convenience store robbery. So why not shoot him repeatedly in the back, eh?

* GOP House candidate in CO slips into amnesia and slides into a word salad trying to articulate his position on abortion and contraception. Sign of times.

* Krugman notes EC’s current stagnation as continuing warning to U.S. inflation hawks.

* Al Gore and Joel Hyatt suing Al Jazeera, claiming fraud in acquisition of Current Media.

* At The Atlantic, Paul Campos goes after for-profit law schools.

And in sorta non-political news:

* Starbucks announces change in employee scheduling policies after bad publicity about long and multiple shifts and insensitivity to parents.

As we break for lunch, I’ve been struggling to figure out which of many Woodstock performances to feature. I’ll go with one that lifted a performer to huge celebrity and also gave a young comic named John Belushi a ripe target: Joe Cocker covering “A Little Help From My Friends.”

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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