Jumping to a second page on a Friday post is probably a mistake. But it’s hard to write a short piece about Henry Kissinger, doncha know.

Here are some midday late-August news/views treats:

* La Pasionaria of the Permafrost goes after ESPN for daring to criticize Curt Schilling’s Islamophobic ravings.

* At TNR, Brian Beutler examines Trump’s latest shocker: supporting higher taxes on the wealthy and not getting destroyed for it!

* Federal Appeals Court rules Supreme Court Plaza not protected First Amendment zone for protesters. But where will networks get their protest shots?

* Well, Politico‘s got both sides of the Biden story covered, now reporting that 8 of 10 of its early-state “Insiders” don’t think he’ll run.

* At the Prospect, Justin Miller looks at the mixed legacy of Martin O’Malley’s famed 2011 gerrymander in Maryland.

And in non-political news:

* Tropical Storm Erika creates death and devastation in Dominica despite sub-hurricane winds.

As we break for lunch, here’s the only other Honeycombs song I can remember hearing on the radio: “I Can’t Stop.”

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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.