Lunch Buffet

I got home this morning on a red-eye, and the name is appropriate after about two hours cumulative sleep. So I’ll do my best today, and better tomorrow.

Here are some midday news/views treats:

* New York Times‘ Smale and Ewing sum up Merkel’s election victory and the challenges she now faces.

* Jason Zelgerle profiles Ted Cruz for GQ as more a peacock than a wacko bird.

* New Marist poll of VA shows McAuliffe leading Cuccinelli by five.

* Annie Lowrey calculates and compares the costs of a government shutdown and a debt default.

* At TNR, Kenneth Pollack lays out possible nuclear deal with Iran.

And in non-political news:

* 2013 Emmy surprises, leading with inexplicable Daniels over Cranston.

Back after a lunch/snooze break. Here’s another Chicago 68/69 song from Cat Mother and the All Night Newsboys.

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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.