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Here are some midday news/views treats for your lunch (or Second Breakfast!):

* Mark Udall doesn’t much beat around the bush: “The CIA is lying” in denying the documentation in the Torture Report summary. Sometimes lame-duck senators can be refreshing.

* Paul Waldman offers a few inconvenient facts to those who claim no other countries (other than the awesome U.S.!) apologizes for their mistakes.

* DSCC more than 20 million smackers in debt.

* Scott Walker once said to Jewish constituent: “Thank you and Molotov!” Reminds me of Alabaman who wished Jewish teacher a “Happy Chaka Khan.”

* In a column I wish I’d read before writing my own for TPMCafe, Harry Enten suggests Dems should chill about “losing” South.

And in non-political news:

* Letterman’s last show will be on May 20.

As we break for lunch, here’s my favorite White Stripes song, performed in Paris in 2007: “Ball and Biscuit.”

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.