Lunch Buffet

Boz Scaggs was one of those underrated blues/rock/pop performers of the 60s and 70s who was on the periphery of great fame for a good while, had one big hit album, and then slowly faded back into obscurity, appreciated mostly by his fellow musicians. It’s fun to excavate some of his nicely aged work.

Here’s an assortment of midday news/views snacks:

* At TNR Suzy Khimm explains the gap between pro-free-trade sentiments of rank-and-file Democrats and the strong opposition to TPA and TPP among Democratic activists and House Members.

* SCOTUS once again upholds right of local governments to regulate gun rights, rejecting NRA challenge to San Francisco.

* Abortion rates declining since 2010 in nearly all states, regardless of recent trends in abortion legislation.

* At the Plum Line, Paul Waldman blasts big NYT piece from the weekend criticizing HRC for “narrow” appeal to the people who actually might vote for her. More about this later.

* At TPM Catherine Thompson reviews what we still don’t know about the Dennis Hastert scandal.

And in non-political news:

* Women the big winners at 2015 Tony Awards.

As we break for lunch, here’s a nice long cut from Boz Scaggs’ first solo album, also one of the first major albums recorded at Muscle Shoals. It’s a cover of “Loan Me a Dime,” featuring Duane Allman on guitar.

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.