Lunch Buffet

Well, I’m glad I got to see Yes perform in Monterey last year before Chris Squire’s fatal disease took him. I’ve never seen or heard a better bass player, though Jefferson Airplane/Hot Tuna bassist Jack Casady is close.

Here are some tuneful midday news/views sights and sounds.

* In a less-discussed SCOTUS decision today, 5-4 majority ruled against death-row inmates’ claim that use of questionably effective sedative midazolam prior to lethal injections constitues “cruel and unusual punishment.” Alito wrote the opinion.

* Krugman explains the current situation in Greece. More about that later.

* Cruz/Rove feud over obscure 2009 endorsement gets louder and angrier. Maybe they can both lose the argument.

* At the New Yorker, Jeffrey Toobin argues Oberkefell v. Hodges really no different than the 1967 decision overturning miscegenation laws.

* Atlantic‘s Jeffrey Goldberg interview with former Israeli ambassador to U.S. Michael Oren begins with this question: “So what’s with all the torn-between-two-Muslim-daddies psychobabble about Obama?”

And in non-political news:

* Acute analysis at Grantland of four MLB franchises who are “rebuilding” this year.

As we break for lunch, here’s Yes with Chris Squire performing “Heart of the Sunrise” at Montreux in 2003.

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.