So I had a tooth extracted this morning (which accounts for the very early pre-appointment posts), and I knew I was in Georgia because the dental assistant sternly admonished me not to eat anything that might interfere with healing, “like nuts or grits.” Glad I got two servings of cheese grits in yesterday.
Here are some dentist-approved midday snacks:
* Medicare trustees now estimate Hospital Insurance Trust Fund will remain solvent until 2030–four years longer than previously estimated–thanks to effects of ACA.
* Getting out the Dick Morris playbook, NRCC chair Greg Walden predicts a Republican “wave” in November.
* Can’t really blame a number of progressive sites (though not this one!) for biting on fake story that Michele Bachmann was calling for “Americanization camps” for undocumented immigrant children.
* TNR’s Danny Vinik notices House action to eliminate “marriage penalty” for child tax credit actually amounts to a regressive tax cut.
* At the Atlantic, James Fallows looks at the much-maligned California High-Speed Rail project from the perspective of the economically distressed Central Valley.
And in non-political news:
* Colorado Rockies hand out 15,000 jerseys commemorating shortstop Troy Tulowitzki–and mispelling his name.
As we break for lunch, here’s Mike Bloomfield performing “Stop!” with Al Kooper.