Well, my earlier prediction was right: turned on Fox News, and jobs report being spun as totally being about tiny bump in unemployment rate. Had jobs numbers been bad and rate down slightly, it would have been reversed. Meanwhile, they’ve got convicted perjurer Mark Fuhrman on as “expert” on Alabama hostage situation.

Anyhows, here are some mid-day items of interest:

* Scott Brown announces he’s not running for Kerry Senate seat (but maybe for governor?). GOP speculation now centering on former Gov. William Weld. Interesting Mitt Romney’s name not coming up, eh?

* Steven Chu announces he’s stepping down as Secretary of Energy. That’s the last of the Cabinet departures, I believe, unless Tom Vilsack suddenly decides to run for Senate.

* Long Hernandez/Robles New York Times piece on links between Bob Menendez and Salomon Melgen steers clear of prostitution claims.

* New frontier in anti-choice legislation aimed at forcing constitutional challenge to Roe v. Wade: Arkansas Senate passes bill banning abortion after six weeks of pregnancy.

* Salon‘s Jillian Rayfield has roundup of reactions to death of Ed Koch.

And in non-political news:

* CBS rejects Pornhub ad for Super Bowl.

Back after a break to check out college football recruiting news.

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.