I’m ahead of schedule on posting, so I’m doing Lunch Buffet a bit early to accommodate a family business chore that may take a couple of hours. Be back when I can.

Here are some midday news/views morsels:

* Interesting conservative appreciation of Elizabeth Warren’s specificity of views from Washington Examiner‘s Byron York.

* Benjamin Wallace-Wells argues Israel is losing the American media war in its confrontation with Hamas.

* At the Prospect, Robert Waldman notes trip to Iowa forced Chris Christie out of comfortable vagueness on difficult issues.

* TNR’s Brian Beutler appropriately calls suit against Obamacare the three-judge DC Circuit panel just upheld a “fundamentally dishonest solicitation of right-wing judicial activism.” Bingo.

* At the Atlantic, Joe Pinsker argues all that anti-Obamacare advertising has simply improved awareness of the law among potential beneficiaries, boosting enrollment.

And in non-political news:

* Novelist Thomas Berger dies at 89.

As we break for lunch, here’s the best known song from My Aim Is True, “Alison,” performed in 1977. Still gives me chills.

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.