Political Animal


August 25, 2014 1:57 PM Lunch Buffet

By Ed Kilgore

Partly to avoid distracting you from the rich new issue of WaMo out today, and partly because it’s unclear whether I’m past the galloping never-get-overs, we went light on blogging this morning. There will be a pop quiz on the College Rankings later today.

Here are some lite midday news/views treats:

* Expectations mount for Obama executive action on immigration now that he’s back in Washington. As Samuel L. Jackson once said, “Hold onto your butts.”

* Krugman again mocks Rick Perry’s “miracle,” calls for housing deregulation in blue states.

* At the Plum Line, Paul Waldman warns us we’re about to be hit with another batch of “Dems in Disarray” stories.

* At TNR Naomi Shavin deplores the lack of solid data on police use of force.

* At the Atlantic, Peter Beinart argues there’s not really anyone fighting in Syria we can ethically support in attacking ISIS.

And in sorta non-political news:

* Burger King trying to buy Tim Horton’s in order to become a Canadian company. That’s an “inversion,” folks.

As we break for lunch, here’s a recruiting film for your local under-attended cash-hungry college.

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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