As some of you may know, today is National Signing Day for college football recruits. This might normally affect my blogging productivity. But since my Georgia Bulldogs already had 30 commitments coming into today, and have lost all but one of their last-minute head-to-head battles so far, I’m pretty calm.

Here are some mid-day political news snacks:

* Boy Scouts of America delay decision on lifting national ban on gay scouts and scout leaders until May, citing its “controversial” nature. Yes, sad to say, equality is always “controversial,” ain’t it?

* REI president Sally Jewell Obama’s pick to succeed Ken Salazar at Interior. Bypassed pols seem to be only ones unhappy about it so far.

* USAToday‘s Fedreka Schouten has interesting update on ex-House-Members’ use of leftover campaign funds.

* Obama reportedly mulling expanded use of EPA regulations to fight climate change in anticipation of SOTU Address. This is indeed a big decision.

* Duncan Black–a.k.a. Atrios–pens op-ed describing the 401(k) “experiment” as a disaster.

And in non-political news:

* After online contest on Monopoly playing pieces, iron replaced by cat. Is nothing sacred?

Back after some moonlighting.

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.