Lunch Buffet

With Yom Kippur coming up on Saturday, Jewish college football players are having to make a decision, including a starting lineman for my Georgia Bulldogs.

Here are some fast-compliant midday news/views nibbles:

* Republican nominee for Attorney General of Arkansas stripped of voter registration because of existing registration in DC; could now face removal from ballot. Voter fraud! Voter fraud!

* Chairman of the Democratic Governors’ Association, Peter Shumlin of VT, creates stir with personal endorsement of David Catania, an independent (and former Republican) who’s running for DC mayor against Dem nominee Muriel Bowser.

* Paul Ryan isn’t sure whether he’s running for president, but does say he won’t run against Mitt Romney. Run, Mitt, run!

* Long, disturbing piece at TNR by Nathaniel Rich about the deliberate expansion of fossil fuel industry in Plaquemines Parish, LA, to extort federal assistance.

* 3-judge panel of 4th Circuit strikes down part of NC’s new law restricting voting, but upholds reduction in early voting opportunities.

And in non-political news:

* New York Times announces big new round of newsroom layoffs as digital ventures not paying off as well as expected. More of the same trend that’s been apparent for decades, but still depressing.

As we break for lunch, here’s more Lonnie Brooks, with “All My Money Back,” as performed in 2001 at the Bern Jazz Festival. First there’s two minutes of train impressions, but that’s fun, too.

Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore, a Monthly contributing editor, is a columnist for the Daily Intelligencer, New York magazine’s politics blog, and the managing editor for the Democratic Strategist.