Lunch Buffet

Unbenownst to readers, I’ve spent a ridiculous amount of time since Wednesday night dealing with the intricacies of Louisiana tax law in order to respond to a criticism of my knowledge and integrity emanating from one of our fine conservative media outlets. I’ll report my findings this afternoon.

Here are some end-of-the-week midday news/views hors d’oeuvres:

* Darrell Issa, the richest member of Congress, says America’s poor are the envy of the world.

* Hispanic-owned BBQ joint in Colorado (named, no kidding, Rubbin Buttz) announces White Appreciation Day where white people get discount because there is a Black History Month.

* Conservative white evangelical pens WaPo column criticizing evangelico-centric nature of National Day of Prayer. Good for her.

* At TNR, Suzi Khimm examines the “fiscal abandonment” of impoverished West Baltimore.

* Bibi Netanyahu’s last-minute coalition agreement with Naftali Bennett not going over very well with other Israelis.

And in non-political news:

* A “pollen tsunami” predicted for northeast.

As we break for lunch, here’s one of the most heavily covered songs in rock and blues history, Robert Johnson’s “Cross Road Blues.”

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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.