Lunch Buffet

The air is filled as we speak with very different assessments of how the use-of-force resolution campaign is faring in Congress. Maybe we can sort those out a bit later.

Here are some midday news/views hors d’oeuvres:

* Walmart workers planning protests today for higher wages in stores in 15 cities, including LA, SF, DC, Chicago, Sacramento, Miami, Boston and Dallas.

* Russia claims it filed a report with the UN in July demonstrating that sarin attacks in Syrian carried out by rebels, not Assad.

* New Kaiser Family Foundation study suggests premiums for individual policies under Obamacare (taking into account tax subsidies) will be on average lower than expected.

* TAP’s Abby Rapoport argues next Tuesday’s state senate recall election in Colorado should not be treated as bellwether on gun issues.

* A divine listicle: at Salon, Amanda Marcotte compiles the ten weirdest Christian Right conspiracy theories.

And in non-political news:

* JC Penney reportedly about to drop Martha Stewart brand.

So here, as I take a lunch break, is the most unexpected (to me, anyway) version of “House of the Rising Sun,” from Andy Griffith:

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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.