Nearly got thrown off schedule by my self-indulgence in writing a 1254-word post on communitarian conservatism, but a brief burst of actual news saved me. Here are some mid-day snacks of reasonably high nutritional quality:

* Ezra Klein nicely explodes emerging meme that Congress is so aware of Obamacare’s flaws that it’s working to exempt itself from the law’s provisions.

* Greg Sargent explores (as I should do as well some time very soon) the one genuine left-right “coalition” effort going on in Congress: the Brown-Vitter “break up the big banks” initiative.

* At TNR, Michael Kinsley ponders the NRA’s likely position on legislation to make it harder to secure explosives.

* At TAP, Harold Meyerson looks at current low-wage worker protests in the broader context of the U.S. labor movement.

* At The Atlantic, Garance Franke-Ruta argues that nature of big urban centers make their newspapers inherently more liberal than owners might prefer.

And in sorta non-political, or at least anti-political, news:

* Netherlands about to experience its first purely ceremonial monarch.

Back after a nutrition break of my own.

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.