Quick programming note: a bit before 3:00 PM EST, I’ll be heading over to my church to help administer ashes. Shouldn’t take that long, but if breaking news happens to occur in the brief interim, it’ll just have to wait.

Here are some mid-day items that should nourish you even if you are fasting:

* McCain threatening to flip on Hagel filibuster unless more attention paid to Benghazi! Benghazi! Guess Graham reminded him of some favor he still owes.

* Boehner attacks Obama minimum wage increase proposal in terms that would apply to any minimum wage at any level.

* But at TNR, Tim Noah argues the minimum wage level Obama called for is too low.

* Times suggests Booker challenge has revived Sen. Frank Lautenberg, who may still retire but not before throwing a scare into Cory.

* A second snap poll–from PPP–shows positive public reaction to SOTU Address, this time by two-to-one margin.

And in non-political news:

* After bizarre series of announcements and retractions, discovery of Christopher Dorner’s driver’s license in rubble of burned cabin increases likelihood charred body is his; testing should soon confirm it.

Back after I deal with some chores.

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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.