So after ten days with a family member in intensive care, the hospital gives you a parking pass. It’s nice of them, but makes you wonder who decided on ten days as the tipping point? Some management consultant? Oh well.

Here are some midday news and views items you can munch for lunch:

* Celebrity political writer Mark Halperin asserts Obamacare sets up “death panels.” Unbelievable.

* Democratic operative Doug Sosnik pens long article suggesting “populist” uprising against both parties.

* Spencer Ackerman reports U.S. rattles sabers at China via B-52 flyover of disputed-control islands.

* At TAP Brentin Mock notes latest excuse for voter ID restrictions is claim that those not complying “don’t want to vote” very badly.

* At TPMCafe, yours truly marshals the five top arguments against the MSM caterwauling over the death of the Grand Old Senate.

And in non-political news:

* Toronto tops list of ten best cities in the world for under-30s.

As we break briefly for lunch, here’s some more blues harmonica Chicago-style, with James Cotton performing “Slow Blues.”

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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.