Lunch Buffet

Sorry for getting a little bit behind schedule, but spent a lot of time looking for new stuff in the BobbyCare proposal that turned out not to be there.

Here are some less shadowy midday news/views nuggets:

* The Hill‘s Berman and Becker point out that the 3.0 Ryan Budget will be his last, since the term-limited Budget Committee chair is set on chairing Ways & Means next year.

* Mideast peace talks teetering on brink of collapse as Palestinian Authority makes “surprising” applications to international organizations as sovereign state.

* At SacBee Markos Kournalakis reminds us that an unstable Turkey is playing an increasingly pivotal role in NATO.

* TNR’s Alec MacGillis accuses SCOTUS majority of “stunning chutzpah” in McCutcheon decision.

* Prospect‘s Paul Waldman suggests that Ryan’s reiteration of Medicare proposal exposes Republican hypocrisy towards the program all over again.

And in non-political news:

* Netflix/Amazon content battle accelerates with Amazon’s acquisition of 24 sequel.

As we break for lunch, here’s more Bobby Blue Bland with “Ain’t No Love in the Heart of the City.”

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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.