Lunch Buffet

As noted earlier, I learned all over again this morning that you have to be real careful not to accidentally move the “AM” to “PM” on your iPhone alarm clock. With my wife being out of town, I had no backup until the sun came up at around 7:15. Sorry, but we’re now all caught up, in part thanks to Martin Longman, who wrote his fine parody of a Byron York column while I was getting my act together.

Here are some on-time news/views snacks:

* Booker, Gillibrand, and yes, Paul, introduce first-ever bill to end federal ban on medical marijuana.

* At Booman Tribune, Martin Longman offers an interesting reflection on not-so-clear revelations about the Obama White House’s strategy back when it was constantly negotiating with Republicans. I may weigh in later today.

* Cotton “open letter” to Iranians “reckless and feckless,” says TNR’s Brian Beutler, but it’s not treason.

* At maximum snark level, Jennifer Rubin pleased Rand Paul can run for Senate and President at same time so other Republicans can get target practice on “Obama stand-in” on foreign policy. We’re going to hear that insult a lot.

* Take note: The Iowa Republican editor Craig Robinson blasts Scott Walker for flip-flopping on immigration and ethanol. Craig’s not an enemy you want to have if you’re a Republican running for president.

And in non-political news:

* Two French Olympic gold medallists among those killed in helicopter crash associated with reality show.

As we break for lunch, since it’s not actually Roberta Flack’s birthday, let’s feature someone who was born on this day: Dean Torrence, of Jan & Dean. Here they are with one of their 1964 hits, “The Little Old Lady From Pasadena.”

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.