So I’m curtailing this day of Lite Blogging a bit early, in hopes of participating in one of the traditional Independence Day observances here on the Central Coast. There’s naturally not much political news today, but here are a few items worth reading if you are not taking the day off:

* In his most blatant flip-flop in a while, and in another indication that “the base” rules his campaign, Mitt Romney now says the individual mandate is a tax.

* Matt Yglesias discusses the abuse of words like “freedom” and “property rights,” and the universal case for full employment.

* Mark Schmitt makes the case for the argument that insurance companies won’t let Republicans repeal portions of ACA that are subject to reconciliation rules while leaving insurance regulations in place.

* Bobby Jindal continues what looks like bid to make himself movement-conservative favorite for Veep (or something higher in ’16 or ’20) with highly demagogic (yet Mitt-pandering) RedState post. He is indeed a dangerous dude.

* French government announces tax increases (half on banks and very wealthy) to reduce budget deficit.

And in non-political news:

* Why you should spiral-cut your hot dogs today.


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.