Lunch Buffet

Okay, so it’s lunchtime, and I’ve given a gander to National Signing Day action. In Rivals rankings so far, SEC teams have 5 of top 8 classes, 6 of top ten, with Bama a lock to finish first and my Georgia Bulldogs currently at 8th with two big decisions outstanding.

Here are some midday treats for you non-college-football fans:

* At TNR, Jerry Coyne recaps Bill Nye/Ken Ham debate on creationism at Kentucky’s Museum of Creation.

* Former American Idol star Clay Aiken announces House bid in NC.

* Friedman dubs diplomatic pressure on Israel over the occupation and settlement policies “the Third Intifada.”

* At the Prospect, Gershom Gorenberg offers a fascinating review of John Judis’ new book on the creation of the State of Israel and the continuing fallout from how it was accomplished.

* At The Atlantic, Peter Beinart reviews the old argument over the “liberal” label in the context of Bill O’Reilly’s interview of Obama.

And in sorta non-political news:

* Walgreen drug chain has no immediate plans to stop selling coffin nails, despite CVS action.

As we break for lunch, here’s more Freddie King, performing “Boogie Funk” in 1973.

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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.