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August 22, 2014 1:57 PM Lunch Buffet

By Ed Kilgore

I’m really struggling today, sports fans, after a largely sleepless flu-ridden night. I should be over this by Monday, but forgive me my shortcomings today.

Here are some midday news/views munchies:

* TNR’s Danny Vinik documents the Tea Folks’ steady disillusionment with Paul Ryan.

* MSNBC’s Irin Carmon explains the Obama administration’s new “accomodations” to contraception coverage mandate.

* Lurid Republican ideas about child refugees continue to escalate, as Iowa GOP National Committeewoman Tamara Scott suggests the children could have been sent into U.S. as “highly trained warriors.”

* Bibi Netayahu may be target of criminal investigation of leak of high-level military briefing on costs of reoccupying Gaza.

* At the Prospect, Peter Montgomery explains why Dinesh D’Souza’s racist fantasy is at top of bestseller list.

And in non-political news:

* Jell-O sales continue to melt.

As we break for lunch, here’s more Robert Junior Lockwood with “Mean Black Spider.”

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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