Lunch Buffet

With out-of-town house guests and a busy weekend of church stuff, I didn’t get to watch much basketball this weekend. But I’d note that Robert Kelchen’s bracket based on Best-Bang-For-the-Buck college rankings still has seven teams alive in the Sweet 16, including all four in the West regional. That’s better than some pure basketball brackets.

Here are some non-roundball midday news/views treats:

* Mammoth campaign media presence shows up for seven-minute HRC speech on urban policy. Wonder if anyone listened to the speech.

* To hardly anyone’s surprise, Netanyahu formally gets the majority of Knesset members on board to form a government.

* At TNR Jeet Heer notes Ted Cruz’s Canadian birthplace of Calgary hardly the secular-socialist locale that opponents will be able to use against him.

* At the Atlantic, James Fallows writes about late Singapore leader Lee Kuan Yew’s legacy.

* At the Prospect, Rachel Cohen discusses the unresolved problem of voluntary auto safety recalls.

And in non-political news:

* Google tells us which item in each state elicits the most searches for price information. In NY it’s a pound o’ weed; in Arkansas and Indiana, it’s breast implants.

As we break for lunch, here’s another song for the day: The Bangles with “Manic Monday.”

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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.