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I’m still shaking my head over the comments of Georgia congressman Phil Gingrey on “legitimate rape.” You have to appreciate he represents not only my home state but the area where I lived during high school, and where my in-laws live now. And he’s not even remotely the most outlandish extremist in the Georgia House Delegation: that would be Rep. Paul Broun, Jr., who represents the area where I went to law school. Maybe it’s time to write What’s the Matter With Georgia?

Anyway, here are some non-Georgia mid-day news morsels:

* Rep. David McKinley (R-WV) all but tells colleague Shelly Moore Capito she’d better toe right-wing line on debt limit or he’ll primary her for the Senate.

* TNR’s Alec MacGillis skewers WaPo editorial board for its “confused” anti-Hagel campaign.

* Slate‘s Dave Weigel reports on stale and discredited “partial default” proposals kicking around conservative circles.

* TAP’s Abby Rapoport discusses bipartisan revolt against high-stakes standardized tests in Texas, one of the country’s most hard-core testing states.

* Paul Krugman argues debt limit threats essentially ask Obama to break law by failing to borrow to cover debt when borrowing has already been authorized by Congress.

And in non-political news:

* Destiny’s Child reportedly reuniting for Superbowl half-time show.

Back after a quick lunch of curds and whey.

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Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore, a Monthly contributing editor, is a columnist for the Daily Intelligencer, New York magazine’s politics blog, and the managing editor for the Democratic Strategist.