Lunch Buffet

It’s my wife’s birthday today. Happy happy, Dawn!

You can certainly make both of us happy by contributing what you can to keeping the lights on at the Washington Monthly. I really appreciate it.

Here are some midday news/views items:

* New York Times has 7-point summary of summary of torture report.

* Another summary of summary from former interrogator Mark Fallon: “Dick Cheney Was Lying.”

* And at the Prospect, Paul Waldman summarizes the various lines of defense used by torturers and their defenders.

* City of Portland sues Uber for evading taxi regulations.

* Delhi bans Uber outright after rape of passenger.

And in non-political news:

* It’s a Nor’easter!

As we break for lunch, here’s Junior Wells and Buddy Guy performing “Messin’ With the Kid” at Montreux in 1974.

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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.