Philistine that I am, the list of performance artists with whom I am familiar starts and ends with Laurie Anderson. Granted, she’s pretty distinguished, with a list of accomplishments and performances in a wide array of media–and even inventions of musical instruments–a mile long, including the occasional appearance on music and video popularity lists. When she married Lou Reed in 2008, a lot of people probably wondered “Who’s that dude with Laurie?”

Here are some less distinguished but still interesting midday news/views treats:

* Harold Meyerson argues HRC should have “Sister Souljah Moment” with her Wall Street backers.

* Sister of an additional alleged victim of sex abuse by Dennis Hastert, who died in 1995, tells his story.

* House Republicans beginning to come out and say their constituents don’t need threatened Obamacare subsidies, which is not, strictly speaking, true.

* At the Plum Line Paul Waldman listens to HRC voting rights speech and wonders if she’s on the brink of defying her incrementalist reputation and becoming the candidate of “big ideas.”

* At The Grade, Alexander Russo compares four media accounts–none of them containing “scoops”–of meeting between HRC and leaders of the AFT.

And in non-political news:

* Portland, Sacramento and Denver join list of metro areas with most expensive home prices.

As we break for lunch, here’s Laurie Anderson with the 1984 song “Sharkey’s Day.”

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.