Lunch Buffet

Even if the day is racing by, don’t forget your nutritional needs. A few appetizers:

* Conservatives are pointing to a 2003 news report that Mitt Romney and his family saved a Scottish Terrier–not to mention six human beings–from possible death after a boating accident in 2003. Allahpundit calls the story a “gamechanger” in the campaign. Seriously.

* Nate Silver argues that polls showing close race in Arizona are indicator that Obama’s ahead nationally, not that the state itself is suddenly a “swing state.”

* Wisconsin courts make it clear that state’s new voter ID law will not be in effect for recall election.

* Turns out ALEC’s friends in SC legislature quietly passed law exempting the group from lobbyist ethics requirements.

* House passes GOP version of CISPA despite White House veto threat.

And in non-political news:

* You can read an actual debate at HuffPost about whether Kanye really likes Kim.

I’ll be back soon, but for those watching the clock and anticipating the weekend, here’s a vintage video from The Vapors, better known as the New Wave band that was “Turning Japanese.”

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Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.