Lunch Buffet

I seem now to be on Politico‘s regular list of people they ask for insta-reactions to news developments, this time the Boehner resignation. So I wrote another snarky reply to a breathless question about the Institution of the Speakerhood, about which we are all supposed to be worrying today.

Here are some Friday midday news/views treats:

* As expected, Pope Francis exhorts UN to act on climate change.

* Obama greets Xi with “candid” remarks on trade and rights differences between U.S. and China.

* Too bad State of Ohio will have to hold special election for Boehner seat because he wouldn’t finish his term without a gavel.

* Trump to meet with Roger Ailes to address Trump/Fox “feud.”

* Ezra Klein wonders why Bernie Sanders isn’t talking about his best idea on Rx drugs: replacing patents with government-sponsored prize money for pharmaceutical innovation.

And in non-political news:

* Plenty o’ papal swag on sale in New York today.

As we break for lunch, here’s Roosevelt “Booba” Barnes performing “Heart-Broken Man.”

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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.