Lunch Buffet

Another technologically nightmarish bout with Skype during the BloggingheadsTV taping, but I think we may have produced something workable, though it involved Paul Glastris dropping out and Paul Waldman dropping into the picture. We’ll see.

Here are some much simpler midday news/views treats:

* Speaking of Paul Waldman, he has a useful piece at the Plum Line detailing the precise views on abortion policy of the GOP presidential candidates.

* White House, McConnell and Boehner said to be close to a two-year budget deal that would rule out a government shutdown and also pave the way to a debt limit increase. I’m sure that will be hailed unanimously by conservatives, right?

* TNR’s Rebecca Leber has a nice summary and refutation of five common GOP delusions on energy and the environment.

* Just in time for a GOP debate on economic and fiscal policy, BuzzFeed‘s Andrew Kaczynski notes Mike Huckabee has totally flip-flopping since 2011 on Social Security and Medicare.

* Two new polls of Iowa (from Monmouth and Loras) show Ben Carson surging to over 30%.

And in non-political news: Huge earthquake hits Afghanistan and Pakistan.

As we break for lunch, here’s The Roches performing “Big Nuthin'” in 1989.

Support Nonprofit Journalism

If you enjoyed this article, consider making a donation to help us produce more like it. The Washington Monthly was founded in 1969 to tell the stories of how government really works—and how to make it work better. Fifty years later, the need for incisive analysis and new, progressive policy ideas is clearer than ever. As a nonprofit, we rely on support from readers like you.

Yes, I’ll make a donation

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.