Lunch Buffet

Paul Glastris and I are trying to tape a BloggingheadsTV episode that will, we hope, turn into a regular weekly show at BTV and a WaMo podcast as well. If blogging suddenly stops at a bit after 3:00 EDT today, that will be why, but I’ll pick back up later.

Here are some irregularly timed midday news/views treats:

* Yesterday’s anticipation that an Iranian nuke deal was imminent dissipates, though it could still happen very soon.

* This morning’s dictated Eurodeal with Greece will probably produce a Greek “unity government” that Tsipras will not lead. This will, of course, please Greece’s creditors.

* Obama announces commutations of sentences for 46 non-violent offenders incarcerated under past inflexible guidelines.

* Sunlight Foundation reports on conservative PACs associated with Alan Keyes that plow just about all their donations into companies hustling additional donations.

* Greg Sargent reports HRC will rationalize economic policy differences w/ Obama as product of his management of an economic crisis.

And in non-political news:

* Very scary report on possible mega-earthquake hitting Pacific Northwest population centers in next fifty years.

As we break for lunch, here’s the kickoff single from my favorite Byrds album, 1968’s The Notorious Byrd Brothers, “Change Is Now” (a McGuinn-Hillman composition). It’s got a characteristic mix of psychedelia and country.

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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.