Lunch Buffet

Local weather forecast actually shows possibility of rain on three days later this week. I honestly can’t remember the last rainfall (last time I heard thunder I thought it might be an earthquake or a power substation exploding).

Here are some dry midday snacks:

* Inequality not a problem? Pew shows big jump in percentage of Americans perceiving themselves as “lower class.”

* National Review editors urge Republicans to “do nothing” on immigration reform.

* Obama not going to announce decision on Keystone XL pipeline in SOTU, but it could come soon.

* Took a coupla months after his guilty plea of cocaine possession, but U.S. Rep. Trey Radel (R-FL) finally resigns from Congress.

* Alex Roarty notes that only two of 33 “key” Republican Senate campaigns have woman as campaign manager, and both those work for “insurgent” primary challengers. More than a third of “key” Democratic Senate campaigns run by women.

And in sorta non-political news:

* Sochi mayor claims no gay people live in his city. Yes, what a fine place to hold Olympic Games.

As we break for lunch, here’s John Lennon with a Nixon-era anthem that could be a response to the Mayor of Sochi: “Gimme Some Truth.” It’s from the Imagine album, which I love except for the banal title cut that’s been performed six billion times.

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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.