Spent a good chunk of the holiday binge-watching Orange is the New Black. It’s strangely addictive.
Here are some midday news/views treats:
* Just the soothing voice we needed to hear in sage ruminations on the Isla Vista shooting spree: Joe the Plumber.
* Median CEO pay at large public companies now over $10 million.
* Christie draws conservative fire for renominating Democrat as his state’s Chief Justice.
* At TNR Noam Scheiber argues that Rand Paul’s “pragmatism” looking more and more like “cynicism.”
* In 5-4 decision (with the majority opinion written, of course, by Anthony Kennedy), SCOTUS limits state discretion in determining mental capacity for becoming eligible for the death penalty.
And in non-political news:
* Li Na upset in first round of French Open.
On this day in 1963, one of the most influential albums ever was released: The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan. Here’s Dylan performing one of the songs from that album, “Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right,” with Eric Clapton.