Just realized that Monday is a federal holiday. That means Lite Blogging for me, and probably not much to blog about–but I’ll be right here, semi-alert.

Here are some mid-day news treats:

* Unsurprising news from Iowa: Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack will not run for Harkin seat in 2014. Grassley seat in 2016 might be another matter, I suspect.

* Herman Cain shows Sarah Palin why an unsuccessful presidential campaign better than none at all: Fox hires Cain as “commentator;” don’t know if that has any impact on his successor-to-Neal-Boortz syndicated radio show.

* Politico‘s Raju suggests Ted Cruz’s aggressive abrasiveness will make him unpopular in Senate. I’m sure the fear of unpopularity has Cruz shaking in his boots.

* Commentary‘s Jonathan Tobin stamps foot, demands Jewish Dems abandon Hagel. I’m sure they are shaking in their boots as well.

* Cuccinelli attacks non-existent Republican “pivot” to the center. Seems his big attack-line on The Macker will be that he’s a “deal-maker.” Horrors!

And in non-political news:

* Ten-ton meteor explodes over Russia. Conspiracy fans and premillenialists will have great fun with this one.

Back after some weekend prep.

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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.