Lunch Buffet

Since I live about an hour from the San Andreas Fault, I’m curious about Hollywood’s latest disaster movie, but haven’t rushed out to buy an earthquake preparedness kit like a lot of folk apparently did.

Here are some more stable midday news/views snacks:

* At the Plum Line, Paul Waldman urges a curb on enthusiasm for the changes in surveillance programs made by USA Freedom Act.

* In his new digs at Politico‘s wonkier “The Agenda” subsite, Danny Vinik reports rift between congressional Eximbank supporters like Elizabeth Warren and the bank’s big business backers.

* Marco Rubio finally unloads, for a loss, the “house of horrors” in Tallahassee he co-owned with former friend and ethics trouble magnet David Rivera.

* At the Prospect, Adele Stan reminds us that Rand Paul’s constitutional scruples are not often deployed in any kind of progressive cause.

* BBC “obituary rehearsal” leads to “rogue tweet” falsely reporting Queen Elizabeth II’s death.

And in non-political news:

* Heralded Rangers prospect Joey Gallo makes MLB debut by going 3-4 with a HR and 4 RBI.

As we break for lunch, here’s more Curtis with “Superfly” in 1973.

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.