Man, what a wretched news day! Republicans endlessly raving about Benghazi, the Petraeus mess getting the Celebrity News treatment, and a million phoned-in columns on the fiscal-you-know-what (which I’m calling the “fiscal staircase, while others prefer the “austerity bomb”). Ugh. It wasn’t easy to find you some lunch-time treats, but here you go:

* Pelosi not going anywhere, and why should she?

* Oh dear God: people are beginning to “notice” Jill Kelley looks somewhat like Kim K. I hope she’s never had a picture taken of her in a bathing suit, or less.

* The show that never ends: nearly a thousand uncounted ballots found in warehouse in Broward County, Florida.

* Wonkblog’s Sarah Kliff notes state revolt against Obamacare Medicaid expansion is leading administration to go easier on Medicaid cuts in budget negotiations.

* Meyerson notes white men are now a minority in House Democratic Caucus.

And in non-political news:

* Furor in Miami as Marlins dump stars in fire-sale trade with Toronto Blue Jays.

Back after POTUS’ press conference.

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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.