Lunch Buffet

Ah yes, watching MC5 videos brought back some memories. As some oldsters may recall, the band was the unofficial musical voice of the White Panther Party via their manager John Sinclair, whose incarceration on evidence obtained by a warrantless wiretap led to a landmark SCOTUS Fourth Amendment case and also a Michigan Supreme Court case striking down the state’s penalties for marijuana possession.

Here are some less vintage news/views snacks:

* Violence escalates in Gaza as Israelis bomb 450 targets and Hamas fires rockets into Israel. So far virtually all the casualties are on the Palestinian side, with 35 dead.

* At the Prospect Garry Yeoman offers good overview of voting restrictions being put in place by Republican legislators in NC.

* Former NOLA mayor Ray Nagin sentenced to 10 years on federal corruption charges.

* Kaiser Family Foundation examines the large and continuing reduction in per capita Medicare spending, which could be a really big deal.

* Boehner stonewalls Obama’s request for emergency immigration funds, saying he’ll await recommendations from committee chairs.

And in non-political news:

* Nate Silver explains how he and everybody else failed to anticipate shocking World Cup match yesterday in which Germany routed host and favorite Brazil.

As we break for lunch, here’s the MC5 with “Looking At You” in 1970.

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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.