Lunch Buffet

Still only sporadic details about the massacre in Connecticut. So as we await more news, here are some distractions:

* Kevin Drum makes the case that the administration’s strange handling of the Rice withdrawal reflected the desire to give GOPers a “scalp” so future nominations might go more easily.

* For now, Obama using the “not a priority” dodge to deal with questions about federal prosecution of legal pot smokers in Colorado and Washington.

* ProPublica reports Crossroads GPS promised IRS its election activities would be “limited.” Yeah, “limited” to at least $70 million.

* Seth Michaels has nice complilation of Boehner/McConnell lies about the debt limit.

* At TNR, Matt Katz reports on local antagonism to Newark Mayor Corey Booker and his big ambitions.

And in non-political news:

* At the New Yorker, Paul Simms imagines what the comment thread would have been like had God done a blog post on the Creation.

Back after a switch in blogging venue.

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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.