Lunch Buffet

Since I began the day with a Allman Brothers tune in honor of 42d anniversary of Duane’s death, I should mention I’ve actually seen the band perform in person twice, separated by 30 years. The first time was at the Cobb County Fairgrounds in Georgia in early 1970, with the original membership intact. And the second was during JazzFest in New Orleans in 2000, which was, I believe, Dickey Betts’ last performance with the Bros.

Here are some midday news/views treats:

* Kevin Drum argues more specifically than I did that there’s no there there in 60 Minutes “shocker” on Benghazi!

* Aaron Carroll reminds everyone of GOP efforts to deny implementation funds for rollout of Obamacare exchanges.

* Koch-funded Americans for Prosperity launches reasonably heavy anti-Obamacare ads targeting Kay Hagan and Mary Landrieu, two prime 2014 targets.

* Manchin & Pryor only Dem holdouts in Senate in supporting ENDA.

* New York Democratic political consultant arrested on federal corruption charges, including tax avoidance and fraudulent billing of NY Dem Senate campaign committee.

And in non-political news:

* Washington owner Dan Snyder to meet with NFL commissioner about team nickname.

As we break for lunch, here’s another Duane-era Allmans performance, of the extended-play “In Memory of Elizabeth Reed.”

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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.