Lunch Buffet

Deadly combo of slow news day and major moonlighting deadlines makes this Tuesday painful. Hang with me, animals.

Here are some midday news/views tastycakes:

* Book-mark for future reference: Jonathan Cohn marshals the evidence that the Affordable Care Act is working well.

* New case headed for POTUS will test whether religious liberty holdings of Hobby Lobby apply to minority religions like Islam.

* At TNR Brian Beutler argues Romney wasn’t off-balance or “uncomfortable” making his 47% gaffe, as Mitt suggested in Liebovich piece.

* New York Times tick-tock on when administration assessments of IS changed mentions a factor a lot of critics have forgotten: shocking collapse of Iraqi Army.

* Juan Williams the rare pundit who thinks improving economy could tip midterms to Democrats.

And in non-political news:

* FCC bans NFL blackouts for non-sold-out games.

As we break for lunch, here’s more Marc Bolan with T. Rex, performing “Jeepster” in 1972.

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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.