Lunch Buffet

I’m accelerating the blogging schedule a bit today because I’m going to be traveling late this afternoon. In fact, I’ll be in New Orleans tomorrow through Friday, before taking the one-week vacation that’s a lot less than I used to take when I had a bricks-and-mortar job, but probably still scandalous to readers remembering Brother Benen’s chained-to-the-computer 365-days-a-year schedule. Well, I’m a lot older than Steve, so it’s probably good I take precautions against falling down and bleeding from the eyes and ears, right?

Here’s what I’ve got in the way of mid-day news treats:

* At WaPo, Harold Meyerson compares the GOP’s war on collective bargaining to Beijing’s.

* Also at WaPo, Jamelle Bouie predicts GOP will never willingly give up leverage over debt limit.

* At The Atlantic, Steven Hill makes case for expanding Social Security in the wake of the collapse of private pensions and retirement savings.

* RCP’s Scott Conroy examines the GOP’s growing–but still minority–non-interventionist foreign policy wing.

* Michael Shear assesses Obama’s willingness to break the gender line by appointing a woman to head Pentagon or Treasury.

And in non-political news:

Rolling Stone‘s obituary for Ravi Shankar.

Back after a break to pack clothes.

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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.