Woke up this morning after dreaming it was Saturday. A very rude awakening. Here’s some mid-day news snacks:

*Assortment of Catholic dioceses and organizations sue Obama administration to invalidate contraception coverage mandate under First Amenment, opening a new front in the fight to frame insurance regulartion as unprecedented assault on “religious liberty.”

* Cheney to raise money for Romney. What? He’s not joining Mitt on the campaign trail?

* Politico interviews four pols felled by sex scandals; one discusses impact on his dating life.

* At Ten Miles Square, Sarah Binder reviews Obama’s recess appointments strategy.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer assesses one disgraced college president’s golden parachute.

And in non-political news:

* Bee Gees co-founder Robin Gibb dies of cancer at 62.

Back after a brief break.

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.