The bad news is, my power has been out for several hours. The worse news is, I have a lot of catching up to.

That said, my power is finally back and I’m getting ready to start my posting schedule, two hours later than I’d hoped.

Let’s call this a Sunday Morning Open Thread, while I get back on track.

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Follow Steve on Twitter @stevebenen. Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.