I’m running a little late because I just had a new refrigerator delivered, and have been squeezing perishables into it.

Speaking of perishables, here are some mid-day items news items freshly thawed:

* Fascinating piece from The New Yorker‘s Jane Meyer on the pressures brought to bear on a public television journalist (and station) with respect to Park Avenue, a documentary aired last year that did not please heavy donor David Koch.

* Peter Beinert offers sympathy to the devil, and argues against demonizing the IRS.

* Like me, TAP’s Paul Waldman writing about conservative switching of subject of IRS “investigation” from scrutiny of tax-exempts to non-germane tax audits.

* At Salon, Katie McDonough explores spread of poverty to the suburbs.

* Greg Sargent digs deeper into the stark partisan splits in the new CNN-ORC poll on Benghazi! and the IRS.

And in non-political news:

* Jon Stewart becoming a major celebrity in China.

Back after some chores.

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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.