Lunch Buffet

Another posting session from a moving car, now headed towards the Atlanta airport. My arrival at the ATL is being delayed, according to the electronic highway billboards, to “Spring Break Traffic” south of the city in the direction of Florida. These kids today….

Here are some Good Friday mid-day news/views morsels:

* If for some reason you need to read a simon-pure, deep-in-denial, we-don’t-need-no-stinkin’-rebranding defense of a continued right-wing agenda for the GOP, Liz Cheney has written just the ticket.

* Hagel (remember him?) announces reduction in likely Pentagon civilian employee furlough days from 22 to 14, with notices due to go out in May.

* New York Times‘ Perlroth and Sanger have ominous report on escalating cyber-attacks (most recently on Amex) aimed at financial institutions designed to disable systems rather than steal data.

* Timothy Egan pens an interesting Times op-ed on California’s comeback and the big, controversial public works projects that may now have a renewed future.

* Mark Sanford forced to grovel some more over marital issues during debate with runoff opponent.

And in non-political news:

* Johan Santana’s pitching career in jeopardy after another shoulder injury. Reminds of what Jim Palmer used to say about the best way to recover from sore arm: “Take a year off. Then retire.”

Back after dealing with initial airport madness.

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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.