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Posted at 10:38 AM ET, 05/04/2012

A disappearing magician; lobbyists get satirized; and feds aren’t funny (read-this roundup)

What’s the Loop reading Friday morning?

The late magician Dick Christian might have been proud of NOAA. (Family photo)
That old magic — As fast as you could pull a rabbit out of a hat, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration yanked a $5,000 solicitation for a magician to perform at an event. Our colleague Lisa Rein reports that the agency seems a big gun-shy in the wake of the now notorious GSA conference in Vegas, where a mentalist performed.

Hey, at least the federal government is doing its part to stimulate jobs...for performers. The birthday-party/bar mitzvah circuit can be brutal.

Easy target — Author Christopher Buckley (of “Thank You for Smoking” fame) is satirizing lobbyists again. In his new book, “They Eat Puppies, Don’t They?”, there’s a think tank called the “Institute for Continuing Conflict,” a manufactured Chinese threat, and a defense lobbyist at the center of it all, according to the review by Jess Walter.

Funny feds? — They give commencement speeches all the time, but we’re not surprised that no lawmakers or other government types made our colleague Valerie Strauss’s list of funniest moments from graduation addresses. Instead, celebs like Amy Poehler and Jon Stewart score comedy points.

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