Lunch Buffet

I was listening to Waylon Jennings before the full flowering of the “outlaw” movement, since I saw him and other throwbacks as a righteous resistance to the Nashville Sound and the sort of strip-mall lounge ambiance of big stars of the early 70s like Charlie “Silver Fox” Rich. Maybe Rich and his ilk were actually more representative of the evolving culture of suburbanites who grew up in the real “country” and didn’t much want to return, but us southern hippies tended to like the older stuff, which then became new.

Here are some less deep-fried midday news/view snacks:

* Republicans struggling to decide whether to plot a way to pass TPA or simply cut capers over “Democrats in Disarray” opportunity.

* Chinese-linked hack of OPM personnel files a big asset for human intelligence side of spying.

* Easy to laugh at “Pickett’s charge” self-definition of Jeb Bush’s campaign, but I do think it means he’s going to get down and dirty on things like his great friend Marco Rubio’s personal finances.

* Greg Sargent interprets HRC statement on Obamacare “fix” as indication she’s going to get medieval on GOP if King v. Burwell goes wrong way.

* And speaking of SCOTUS, 8-1 majority refuses to hear appeal of decision striking down NC’s especially egregious mandatory ultrasound law.

And in non-political news:

* Two shark attacks yesterday two miles apart in NC. No fatalities, fortunately.

As we break for lunch, here’s Waylon Jennings in 1975 performing “Lonesome, On’ry and Mean.”

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.