Lunch Buffet

Given PA’s general inclination to avoid multiple-page posts, any time I’ve jumped to a second page twice before lunchtime, I’ve figured it’s time for a break to quench the word-fever.

But here’s a few, and more taciturn, words for your luncheon consumption:

* Deal on student loan rates apparently reached in Senate; looks like a split-the-difference approach which will cap increases but still follow market trends.

* Latest in the president’s series of speeches explaining Obamacare will focus on insurance premium rebate requirement.

* Iowa state investigator fired after dropping dime on Gov. Terry Branstad for his official car’s egregious defiance of speed limits. He’s suing, which will keep Leadfoot Terry in the news.

* Pelosi points out abortion providers threatened by restrictive state legislation also provide crucial contraception services; says GOPers need “lesson on the birds and the bees.”

* At Ten Miles Square, Katelyn Fossett reports Elizabeth Warren’s reaction to confirmation of Richard Cordray as director of CFPB, the position she was originally slated to occupy before running for Senate.

And in non-political news:

* Remains of Richard III, recently found under parking lot, to be reburied at Leicester Cathedral.

As I break for lunch, here’s a recording of “Oriamendi,” the anthem of the Carlist movement that was an important part of Franco’s rebel coalition in the Spanish Civil War. The video features warriors wearing the traditional Carlist red beret.

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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.