As the comment thread at Daylight Video reflected, rock music aficianados have always had mixed feelings about Iggy Pop and his amazingly extended career. But for me, he’ll always be associated with the early 80s’ heyday of the Atlanta punk/new wave music scene, mainly because of his frequent performances at the 688 Club (Iggy performed there a solid week when the place first opened; they kept his spray-painted song list on the stage wall for years). Cf. this great 2008 article on the long-closed but fondly remembered 688.

Here are some more conventional midday news/views items:

* At Vox Max Fisher explains why no one, including Ukrainians, wants to call the Russian invasion of Ukraine a “Russian invasion of Ukraine.”

* New EPIC/MRA poll in Michigan gives Democrat Mark Schauer his first lead over Gov. Rick Snyder since the spring of 2013.

* New Franklin & Marshall poll of PA shows no movement in governor’s race since June; Wolf still leading Corbett by 25 points.

* Nice question posed by Chuck Todd to Reince Priebus, wondering if women think GOP has “too many crazy white guys who have crazy theories about my reproductive system.” Reince changed the subject.

* TPM’s Catherine Thompson evaluates Bob McDonnell’s novel “crazy wife defense” in his corruption trial.

And in non-political news:

* Joan Rivers stops breathing after outpatient surgery, rushed to hospital; is now in stable condition.

As we break for lunch, here’s Iggy performing “Knocking ‘Em Down in the City.”

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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.