Lunch Buffet

Don’t know about you, but I intend to have a fully Republican-candidate-free, Fox-News-free weekend. If that means binge-watching bad TV shows, so be it.

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

* Iowa unions very annoyed with HRC’s refusal to take a position on TPP.

* Overnight ratings suggest Fox News official candidate debate more than doubled previous high or this kind of event, God help us.

* Lindsey Graham defends Trump against “a ten-minute question that describes him as the biggest bastard on the planet.”

* Nate Silver confidently predicts Trump won’t win a war with Fox News among conservatives, who love them some Fox.

* At the Atlantic, David Graham notes the GOP’s efforts to consign the Voting Rights Act strictly to the history books on grounds that voting discrimination is no longer a problem. Yeah, right.

And in sorta non-political news:

* North Korea delinks its time zones from Japan’s.

As we break for lunch, here’s more Magic Slim, with “I Don’t Want No Woman,” performed in Sweden in 1982.

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.