Lunch Buffet

I’m not in the best shape today, insofar as I struggled to sleep last night (partly, no doubt, because I had just secured my copy of Phil Steele’s 2012 College Football Review) and then had to get up at 4:45 and start dealing with very light political news and then a slew of Supreme Court decisions and non-decisions. On top of everything else, I’m on a new diet, which means I couldn’t jet-fuel the morning with carbs. In any event, here are some tidbits from a quick survey of the menu:

* Interesting to see varying spin on the Supremes’ Arizona ruling. Politico has Court “clearing key part” of law; HuffPost says Court “gutted” it.

* Similar spin at work on election of Muslim Brotherhood candidate as Egypt’s president. Some say predictable turn in democratization; many conservatives shrieking about the “next Iran.”

* AP finally calls June 5 California tobacco tax initiative defeated, as it trails by 27,000 votes with 150k still to be counted.

* On the judicial disaster horizon: Texas federal judge rules that higher threshold for union representation elections in airline industry–set by Congress as part of deal to avoid FAA shutdown–must be applied retroactively to American Airlines workers.

* Halperin says Obama loses either way when Supreme Court decides health care case. Typical.

And in non-political news:

* Porn industry emulates news biz struggles with paywalls.

Back after another caffein injection.

Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore, a Monthly contributing editor, is a columnist for the Daily Intelligencer, New York magazine’s politics blog, and the managing editor for the Democratic Strategist.