It’s been a relatively quiet morning political-news-wise. But here’s what I got in the way of mid-day items:

* Politico‘s Dylan Byers offers a mixed-bag review of the newly relaunched New Republic.

* Alabama GOP congressman introduces constitutional amendment making failure to balance federal budget an impeachable offense for presidents.

* Barone sets up then burns down straw man of Republican “annihilation.”

* Boys Scouts may end ban on gay scouts and scout leaders as early as next week. Atta-boys.

* Michelle Malkin goes wordily postal on GOP involvement in new Senate “shamnesty” proposal.

And in non-political news:

* Sporting News ranks all 46 Super Bowls in terms of fan appeal.

Back after some quick work on a book review.

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.