Lunch Buffet

Slept nine hours last night. So naturally, I’m nodding off at my computer. Also had big breakfast and am now ravening beast. Go figure.

Here are some midday news/views items for every appetite:

* Annie Lowrey notes that Washington’s economy has cooled off even as the rest of the country’s has recovered.

* Krugman warns that monetary policy lunacy has spread far beyond Rand Paul in the GOP.

* Tributes pour in for New York Times media critic David Carr, who died suddenly last night at 58.

* I’m guessing conservatives will begin calling for Justice Ginsburg’s resignation now that’s she’s admitted she was not “100% sober” during SOTU, at which she appeared drowsy. But let it be noted Anthony Kennedy supplied the wine.

* Anyone surprised by Scott Walker’s “punt” on question about evolution hasn’t spent much time around grassroots conservative activists.

And in non-political news:

* Star LB recruit who challenged letter-of-intent system after UCLA coach lied to him about NFL job offer now going to Georgia–but still won’t sign LOI, which could start a trend.

As we break for lunch, there are a lot of rock-n-roll birthdays today, including Henry Rollins, Peter Tork, and Peter Gabriel. But let’s feature another Peter–Joy Division and New Order co-founder Peter Hook. Here’s Joy Division performing “Shadowplay” in their British TV debut in 1978.

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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.