Lunch Buffet

Gotta say listening to Culture Club again after all these years brings back many memories of the early 80s, including its Reagan-dominated politics. For that matter, “my” Georgia gubernatorial candidate lost in 1982, which at the time seemed like the end of the world.

Here are some less nostalgic midday news/views treats:

* Facebook signals it’s following Google and Yelp in terminating its membership in ALEC due to the group’s position on climate change.

* Justice Ginsburg argues against resignation because Obama would not be able to get “someone like me” confirmed by the Senate.

* The inimitable former Ohio congressman James Traficant critically injured in farm accident.

* At the Prospect, Paul Waldman looks back sadly at Obama speech last May which many interpreted as ending GWOT.

* At TNR, Rebecca Traister discusses growing number of political women who are willing to talk about their own abortions–and how they should talk about them.

And in sorta non-political news:

* Bad news on continuing drought conditions in Northern and Central California as fall rains unlikely to appear; SoCal could get some El Nino relief.

As we break for lunch, here’s more Culture Club, performing the Motown-y “Church of the Poisoned Mind” on David Frost’s show in 1983.

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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.