Lunch Buffet

You may be wondering why we had a post this morning from Weekend Blogger Nancy LeTourneau. She is actually going to be doing a few of these each week, as a sort of change of pace. And she’ll also be helping Martin fill in for me next time I get sick or have to travel during the working day on one of those planes with no Internet, which I seem to always fly. Those of you who have missed her weekend work are in for a treat.

Here are some regular old midday news/views treats:

* Former military ruler Muhammadu Buhari has defeated incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan. This is the first time the opposition has ever won a Nigerian presidential election.

* Bill Clinton tells Kevin Spacey 99% of House of Cards is accurate. More about that dubious estimate later.

* Mike Pence backs down, says legislature will “clarify” religious liberty bill. It will be interesting to see how that works out.

* At the Prospect, Paul Waldman points out defenders of the law as written are contradicting themselves blatantly by denying it does much of anything. So why pass it with all the fanfare?

* At the Atlantic, Russell Berman examines the rush by state legislatures–including those run by Republicans–to increase gas taxes.

And in non-political news:

* Football player dismissed by Georgia after arrest for domestic violence and then picked up by Alabama charged with domestic violence again. You really don’t have to do this stuff to get players, Nick Saban.

As we break for lunch, here’s the Cream song every single garage band in my youth tried to perform, but obviously not like Clapton, Bruce and Baker: “Sunshine of Your Love.”

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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.