Lunch Buffet

We wanted to give Phil Longman’s latest post on the VA some breathing space, so we’re running a bit later than usual on our midday news/views treats:

* TPM is featuring the fascinating saga of ME Gov. Paul LePage’s flirtation with the “sovereign citizen” movement.

* Chris Christie seems to be the only pol in America who has no opinion about Hobby Lobby.

* Add Kentucky to the list of states where a federal judge has struck down a same-sex marriage ban.

* Rarely enforced California law mandating paid family leave hasn’t had any notable negative effect on the state’s economy.

* Israel begins attacks on Hamas as hundreds of thousands of mourners turn out for triple funeral of teens allegedly killed by the Palestinian group.

And in non-political news:

* Americans try to get themselves worked up into anti-Belgian frenzy as teams face off in World Cup knockout round.

As we break for lunch, here’s the Sam Roberts Band with “Canadian Dream.”

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Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore, a Monthly contributing editor, is a columnist for the Daily Intelligencer, New York magazine’s politics blog, and the managing editor for the Democratic Strategist.