Since I linked to it earlier today, I should probably express my thanks for Digby’s very kind remarks about me in a post over the weekend. I’ll try to live up to them.

Here are some mid-day news-and-views treats:

* Robert Costa of NRO has the lowdown on the threat by Rep. Tom Price (R-GA) to challenge Boehner for Speaker if he “betrays” conservatives in fiscal talks.

* Nothing new, but Battleground poll shows 60% of Americans favoring higher taxes on taxable income over $250k, and 63% favoring higher taxes on “large corporations,” as deficit reduction measures.

* Rick Synder to meet with President Obama, and also congressional Democrats from Michigan, today as massive protests against final passage of right-to-work legislation continue to build.

* The Atlantic‘s Robert Wright latest to ask the question: why are we worried about sequestration of Pentagon funds?

* Peter Beinart critiques the Obama administration’s apparent hands-off strategy towards Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

And in non-political news:

* In the “ridiculous plot development” versus “great romance” debate over Homeland, I’m moving decisively into the former camp.

Back in a few.

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.