Just nine days until the Sequester, when fiscal hawks will celebrate by mocking the newly unemployed. Just kidding about that last part, I think. Here are some mid-day morsels in a very Lenten diet of news:

* What polarization? Chris Christie says he agrees with Andrew Cuomo on “98% of the issues.” Either Christie walks that back or he’s never running for president.

* Very worthwhile John Tierney piece on connection between sentencing policies and poverty.

* At TAP, Bryce Covert takes closer look at impact of domestic spending sequester.

* No surprise: National Journal‘s 2012 House voting analysis shows Todd Akin as most conservative Member.

* Supremes to hear case that could strike down aggregate limits on individual campaign contributions.

And in non-political news:

* “Super-pod” of up to 100,000 dolphins spotted near San Diego.

Back after a break to let more news develop.

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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.