On this day 52 years ago, construction began on the Berlin Wall. I thought about making it a music video theme, but figured I’d heard Pink Floyd’s “The Wall” quite often enough, thank you very much.
Here are some midday news and views bites, warm if served a bit late:
* Ezra Klein explains the latest “Obamacare delay” brouhaha, over out-of-pocket-costs cap, for some insurers.
* Jerry Brown signs country’s first law protecting rights of transgender K-12 students.
* TNR’s Nate Cohn suggests HRC’s speech series designed to address her 2008 vulnerabilities among minorities and the left.
* The Atlantic‘s Matt Taylor argues HRC doesn’t have those vulnerabilities so much any more.
* Justice Department and six state AGs sue to stop USAirways/American merger. More about this later.
And in non-political news:
* Still more evidence of big autograph signing sessions by Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel, but no smoking gun evidence of payments so far.
Traffic will perform a relatively obscure but wonderful keyboard-heavy classic while I take a brief lunch break.