Lunch Buffet

Ah yes, it’s getting to be time for wedding planners in the South to really focus on which Saturdays in the fall they must avoid.

Here are some pre-autumnal midday news/views concession stand treats:

* Jeb Bush continues to play with fire on phasing out Medicare.

* Tom Cotton compares John Kerry to Pontius Pilate. I guess the Judas role is saved for Obama.

* Idea bruited about at RGA meeting for candidate boycott of debates that include Trump is going nowhere.

* At the Prospect, Mark Huelsman exposes the targeting of minority students by predatory for-profit colleges.

* At the Atlantic, Russell Berman looks into the weird saga of Paul LePage’s feckless deployment of vetoes, now hanging fire in court.

And in non-political news:

* Hope for El Nino-generated rain moves north in California, could reach reservoirs.

As we break for lunch, here’s Depeche Mode performing “Enjoy the Silence” in Milan in 2006.

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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.