Lunch Buffet

Sometimes those slow news days don’t look so bad.

Here are some hurried midday news/views snacks:

* Maryland governor Larry Hogan, getting in touch with his inner Spiro Agnew, vows to quell rioting with massive show of National Guard force.

* Ramesh Ponnuru responds to “evangelicals split” reporting out of Iowa by noting majority of Iowa evangelicals voted against Huckabee in 2008 and Santorum in 2012. Good point.

* WaPo’s Robert Barnes heard no clear signals from Kennedy during oral arguments on same-sex marriage today. Chris Geidner of BuzzFeed heard differently, thinks Court ready to make marriage a right for everybody.

* But SCOTUS arguments interrupted by man screaming “Homosexuality is an abomination!” over and over again, audible even after ejected.

* At TNR, Danny Vinik profiles Patty Murray and her deal-making prowess.

And in non-political news:

* Dancing With the Stars shocker!

As we pause for lunch, the discussion of a possible white backlash to protests about police behavior made me think of The Clash’s early tune, “White Riot.”

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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.