Lunch Buffet

So a rock hit our car’s wind-shield this weekend, and a guy shows up to replace it and it starts raining, which was definitely not in the weather forecast. What are the odds? “I’ll come back when it’s not raining.” That could be any time before El Nino arrives in January.

Here are some pretty dry midday news/views treats:

* Charlie Crist planning to run for newly redistricted (by court order) House district in St. Pete, which should be a pretty safe Democratic seat.

* CNBC predictably caves to candidate demands, led by Team Trump, to allow for opening and closing statements and a 2-hour limit to the proceedings for its October 28 GOP debate.

* WaPo digging around in Trump’s “mob-invested waters” history as a developer in the 80s.

* Interesting interview of Anne-Marie Slaughter at the Atlantic about reaction to her recent writings on work-family balance.

* Must-read Greg Sargent piece on the different assumptions the two parties have going into this election cycle. More about that later.

And in non-political news:

* McDonald’s franchisees think transition to “all-day breakfast” has been a disaster.

As we break for lunch, here’s more Sugar Pie DeSanto performing “Baby What You Want Me To Do?” in 1964.

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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.