Happy Birthday, Ken Wade!

I am indeed attending a birthday lunch for my father-in-law Ken Wade. And I’m back on Eastern Time, so I’ll be eating from the Lunch Buffet myself. For dessert, it would sure be great to see some more of you make donations in whatever amount you can afford to that intellectual nourisher, the Washington Monthly. Thanks so much!

Here are some midday news/views treats hot from the oven:

* David Weigel offers a good profile of Bernie Sanders, barnstorming through Iowa.

* Mike Tomasky has choice words for the New York’s police union and its “vile” war with the mayor.

* Bill Bratton, right in the NY crossfire, suggests NYPD is in a “change moment.”

* A bit down the road from the actual events, Washingtonian’s Luke Mullins provides an inside take on the occupational defenestration of David Gregory.

* TNR’s Rebecca Leber revisits the climate change “tipping point.”

And in non-political news:

* Guy Pearce does a “bizarre” music video.

As we break for lunch, we’ll switch from the March to the Seat to two musicians who shared Ken Wade’s birthday, Robin and Maurice Gibb. I’m not a fan of their band’s Disco Hits, so here’s an earlier BeeGees song of note, “Massachusetts,” from 1968.

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.