Thanks to Rick Scott for making actual news of a positive nature. Still think he’s a horror-show, but glad for a moment. Here are some mid-day news/views items:

* Lindsey Graham places total death count via U.S. use of drones at 4,700.

* Scary WaPo piece on extent of Chinese hacking of DC organizations.

* Barone says fight over who picks GOP Senate candidates misses systemic weakness of Republicans in candidate recruitment.

* Hagel picks up another GOP Senator, Richard Shelby.

* AFL-CIO and Chamber of Commerce reach limited agreement on immigration reform.

And in non-political news:

* Another big, vicious midwestern winter storm. Nope, no climate change going on.

Back in just a few.

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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.