Stretch of beautiful weather on the Central Coast about to end, but no complaints here so many miles from Storm Saturn. Here are some mid-day news/view bites:

* House GOP continuing resolution contains provision killing funding for ACORN, which no longer exists. Sort of a metaphor for the big picture, eh?

* Same bill mandates continued Saturday delivery of mail, over protest of Postmaster General.

* Frank Rich offers his own comprehensive assessment of GOP “rebranding” efforts.

* TNR’s John Judis compares populist resurgence in Europe and U.S.

* At TAP, Harold Meyerson assesses Jerry Brown’s second political career in light of his first.

And in non-political news:

* Study shows Canadians bucking global trend towards less hooch consumption.

Back after some domestic chores.

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.