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.

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.