Very busy morning, eh? There’s more on the way, including a post on Erick Erickson’s halting, apologetic call for fact-based conservative reporting. But here are some mid-day odds and ends you can arrange into cool patterns on your plate:

* Bob Woodward burnishes his late-career emergence as a conservative hero by calling Obama’s willingness to comply with the sequester “a kind of madness.” Tricky Dick must be rolling in his grave.

* Meanwhile, Obama summons congressional leaders to White House for Saturday summit on sequester that many Republicans are already denouncing as a “photo op.”

* Adding her usual calm voice to national political discourse, Sarah Palin claims federal government “stockpiling bullets” in case of “civil unrest” after inevitable debt default.

* Tenth Circuit panel holds Second Amendment does not protect right to concealed carrying of firearms. See? They’re disarming patriots before “civil unrest!”

* Senate Intelligence Committee scheduled to vote on Brennan nomination tomorrow. Guess we’ll then see if Democrats concerned about drone authority follow party-line, and whether Republicans mount another filibuster.

And in non-political news:

* Whoa, Nelly! Ikea horse-meat scandal spreads from Swedish meatballs to sausages.

Back after a vegetarian lunch.

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.