Running a little late today thanks to preoccupation with the new issue of the magazine, but here are some mid-day news snacks:

* Paul Krugman offers his take on the self-styled “problem solvers.”

* Here’s full WaPo account of Obama’s press conference this morning.

* TNR’s Jonathan Cohn provides insights on Obama’s debt limit strategy now that platinum coins and the “14th Amendment option” are firmly off the table.

* Conservative columnist Matt Lewis pursues “corporate cronyism” argument about administration’s budding alliance on guns with Wal-Mart.

* Napolitano to stick around as Secretary of DHS, one of the more thankless jobs in the federal government.

* At TAP, Scott Lemieux sums up the liberal case against John Brennan’s nomination to head up CIA.

And in sorta kinda non-political news:

* Andrew Sullivan goes after Jody Foster’s “narcissistic and self-loving” Golden Globe speech with a ball-peen hammer.

Back to blogging within the hour.

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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.