Lunch Buffet

Probably like many in my sub-generation, King Crimson’s In the Court of the Crimson King was among my first experiences in Progressive Rock back when it was a primary alternative to Top 40 rather than some nerdy sub-genre. Yes, it was all pretty noisy and pretentious, but that’s what we wanted.

Here are some midday news/views snacks:

* Big Politico piece on Paul Ryan as the behind-the-scenes champ of fast-track push in House.

* Marco Rubio’s personal financial issues drawing attention again after report he cashed in a retirement account to meet current expenses.

* Jon Chait cites fresh research evidence that 1960s riots fed conservative backlash.

* Another straw in the wind: Huck joins Jeb in announcing he’ll skip Iowa Straw Poll.

* New survey shows people obtaining individual insurance polices via Obamacare exchanges pretty happy with them.

And in non-political news:

* Letterman hangs it up.

As we break for lunch, here’s the title track from In the Court of the Crimson King as performed at the BBC on May 6, 1969.

Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore, a Monthly contributing editor, is a columnist for the Daily Intelligencer, New York magazine’s politics blog, and the managing editor for the Democratic Strategist.