Lunch Buffet

I’ve been doing these midday and day-ending news roundups for so long now that I never even think about skipping them or shortening them. There always seem to be at least a few news developments or opinion expressions that are worth noting if not meriting a full post. And I hope they help you stay informed. If so you might want to make a donation in whatever amount you can afford to keep the roundups coming your way–along with music videos, of course.

Here’s today’s offering from the chafing dishes:

* National Journal‘s Tim Alberta reports that Marco Rubio does not see Jeb Bush’s proto-candidacy as an existential threat to his own. Would be fun if they were both in and alive by the time the Florida primary rolled around.

* Roundup of quotes about Jeb Bush’s presidential ambitions includes one striking blast from the past: the late Terri Schiavo’s widower is not a big fan of the pol who politicized his family’s tragedy.

* Pew reports that gap between wealth of upper- and middle-income Americans hit record high in 2013.

* Obama job approval rating up a bit–to 45%–in latest NBC/WSJ survey.

* Fascinating account by Batya Ungar-Sargon at TNR on new right-wing Israeli election ad mocking Tel Aviv “hipsters” as always apologizing.

And in non-political news:

* Mars rover detecting high levels of methane, perhaps indicating life.

As we break for lunch, here’s Paul Rodgers performing with Free before his departure (along with drummer Simon Kirke) to form Bad Company. The tune (one of the very few from Free available for embedding at YouTube) is “Ride On a Pony,” and it does show off Rodgers’ vocal chops. Hard to believe this skinny butt-shaking lothario is now a senior, eh?

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.