I hope a lot of you attended or watched the Free Live Event this morning. If you couldn’t, I hope to have a link to a recording pretty soon. It was more than worth the time.

There’s actually a lot of news-a-popping so far today. Here are some nuggets:

* A three-judge panel of the D.C. Circuit–all appointees of Republican presidents–ruled against Obama administration on recess appointments when Congress technically still in session via pro forma motions. While conservatives will go wild over this decision, it will be appealed to full Court and then to the Supremes.

* Steve Conner of The Independent digs up money trail linking Kochs and other fossil-fuel industry titans to climate change denialism campaigns.

* Obamacare provisions allowing insurers to penalize smokers could create much higher rates for them, AP’s Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar reports. Better take a cue from the president and bust out the Nicorette, folks.

* Mitt Romney visits D.C. not as Leader of the Free World, but as rich guy attending Alfalfa Club dinner. Thank you, America.

* Key Republican in Virginia state Senate announces opposition to electoral-college-rigging bill. Thank you, Senator (if your position sticks!).

And in non-political news:

* Potential breakthrough AIDS therapy announced in Australia. Keep your fingers crossed.

Back to regular blogging after I get through with sneezing fit caused by paint allergies.

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.