Lunch Buffet

Don’t know about you, but I’m still a little shaken up by yesterday’s events, and already resigned to the fact that most white Americans will have probably forgotten about it by the time they fail to mention it in their prayers of petition on Sunday. Maybe that’s unfair, but I doubt it.

Here are some end-of-the-week midday news/views items:

* Jeb Bush the latest GOPer to try to pretend Dylann Roof was motivated by hatred of religion, not necessarily racism, but his spox contradicts him.

* New poll of likely GOP Iowa Caucus-goers shows Walker still in the lead and Rick Perry making greatest gains (though only up to 6th place).

* At TNR Suzy Khimm looks back at Clementa Pinckney’s career of faith-based political activity.

* Senate Democrats demanding bipartisan budget negotiations before they will allow vote on defense appropriations bill.

* Disney and H-1B visas: new version of an old story.

And in non-political news:

* For second year in a row, it was the hottest May ever, and in the US, the wettest month ever.

As we break for lunch, here’s another song long identified with Juneteenth: “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot,” performed by the Plantation Singers of–yes–Charleston, SC.

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.