Lunch Buffet

I shuddered empathetically when reading about this morning’s suspension of service on three Metro lines running from Northern Virginia (it was all about an equipment malfunction at Foggy Bottom; no one was hurt so far as we know). I used to ride in from Virginia Square or Ballston every day.

Here are some less frustrating midday news/views treats:

* Seymour Hersh convulses Washington with thinly sourced claim U.S. (and Obama) lied about how it discovered and killed Obama bin Laden. More about that later.

* Huckabee says his shilling for phony medical cures so 2014, and besides, nobody’s perfect.

* Hollywood celebrities not exactly being role models on water use.

* Excellent Paul Waldman take on Jeb Bush’s Liberty commencement speech, including Jeb’s outstanding dog whistle accusing progressives of planning their next “great leap forward.”

* Mark Halperin has gotten himself into some real trouble. More about that later, too.

And in non-political news:

* As feared, bad weekend for tornadoes; at least 5 dead in Texas and Arkansas.

As we break for lunch, I was already going to feature this song, but MuddyLee’s endorsement clinched it: here are the Animals with their twist on an old John Lee Hooker song, “I’m Mad Again.” Mick Jagger covered this song briefly in the bizarre 1970 movie Performance.

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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.