This feels like a Friday, what with the silliness of much of the news from Washington and Pyongyang. For all I know, many about-to-be-furloughed federal employees could indeed be starting the weekend a bit early. It’s not like they need to be on high alert for legislation in Washington to avoid the whole nightmare.

Here are the lean and slightly undercooked snacks I can offer today:

* Lanny Davis joins the Woodward pity party, says “Me, too! I was threatened, too!” or words to that effect. Ugh.

* New PPP survey show HRC dispatching Ryan or Walker handily in Wisconsin presidential trial heat.

* Roll Call reports House GOPers lining up for appropriations bill incorporating post-sequester funding levels, but giving Pentagon flexibility on where to cut.

* One of America’s great fabulists, Peggy Noonan, has vision of what Marco Rubio should have told Wall Street execs. Maybe next she’ll rewrite a few Mitt Romney speeches and reverse the results of the 2012 elections.

* Former convicted burglar and armed robber appears to have won Republican nomination in Illinois special congressional primary to face Robin Kelly.

And in non-political news:

* West Virginia rated America’s “most miserable” state, with Hawaii rated “happiest” based on quality-of-life criteria.

Back after rounding up some leftovers for 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.