I’m in Georgia the next three days, and have just refreshed my memory of the 24-7 insanity of Atlanta traffic, which makes this Lunch Buffet regrettably late.

Here are some mid-afternoon news/views items:

* As scheduled, the Senate rejected the latest House-passed CR on a party-line vote.

* Just in time to supply some context for the GOP appropriations strategy, new poll shows only one-third of Americans favoring defunding, delay or repeal of Affordable Care Act. So much for “America demanding” one of these course of action.

* Dow finally reacts to likelihood of government shutdown by dropping like a rock today.

* CNN’s famous HRC documentary has been canceled, not (it is claimed) because of the RNC’s threats to deny 2016 debate sponsorship, but because the Clinton political “family” wasn’t cooperating. Whatever.

* DOJ to sue North Carolina over new voter ID law.

And in non-political news:

* Apple passes Coke as world’s “most valuable brand.”

Here’s some more Calamity Music with Tom Petty performing “Free Fallin.’”

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.