Lunch Buffet

Thanks for indulging my stroll down memory lane in the last post. It seemed like a good time for it. There’s only so much space you can devote to guessing how various people will react to state legislative language they’re just now getting to see.

Here are some less speculative midday news/views treats:

* Breaking news: A couple days late, negotiators in Switzerland announce “framework understanding” for nuke deal with Iran.

* Having kept his mouth shut unlike most of his potential 2016 rivals, Chris Christie endorses the new, improved Indiana “religious liberty” bill.

* New bill not enough for CEO of Indiana-based Angie’s List, who has called off a planned expansion of its HQ and argues the state needs an antidiscrimination law, not just watered down RFRA.

* Also looks like Georgia’s “religious liberty” bill will stay dead as legislative session ends.

* At TNR Danny Vinik argues pay raises by McDonald’s and other companies caused by strengthening economy, not protests.

* At the Plum Line Paul Waldman argues the endless investigation of HRC “scandals” have given her virtual immunity.

And in non-political news:

* Vanilla Ice to stay out of jail if he avoids further trouble, via plea deal with prosecutor in case of stolen pool heater (a very white crime, I’d say).

As we break for lunch, here’s another birthday boy, Leon Russell, performing “Alcatraz,” presumably with the Shelter People. That’s Don Preston shining on lead guitar.

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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.