I may have told this story before, but the best seat I ever had at a big-time musical performance (rivaled only by the incredible outdoor redwoods venue of Lucinda Williams at the Henry Miller Library) was at the Lincoln Theater in Washington, where I saw Joe Jackson at some point in the mid-to-late 1990s. I was actually seated in a small row of seats on the stage. As I reluctantly left after the lights went up, I heard another attendee say of Jackson, “He’s not getting any better-looking, is he?” But I didn’t care.

Here are some well-placed midday news/views treats:

* Trump really isn’t your typical candidate: agrees with Rich Lowry’s characterization of his own self as a “fabulous whiner.”

* Campaign finance crusader Larry Lessig says he’s exploring a Democratic presidential bid.

* Nancy Reagan formally invites 16 GOP candidates who meet 1% polling threshold for inclusion in CNN’s split-the-field back-to-back debates at the Reagan Library on September 16. Better get cooking, Jim Gilmore.

* Bill Press calls for dumping Chuck Schumer as Senate-Democratic-Leader-in-Waiting.

* At the Plum Line, Paul Waldman offers an obituary for Perry ’16.

And in sorta non-political news:

* Colorado mine spill creates chaos on southwestern rivers.

As we break for lunch, here’s Joe Jackson performing my favorite song, “Stranger Than Fiction,” from arguably his best album, Laughter and Lust.

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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.