Discovered this morning that getting up at 3:00 a.m. to take guests to an airport shuttle tends to produce an earlier start on the blogging day. I’ll discover a long nap this afternoon.

Here are some mid-day news snacks:

* Nate Cohn reassures us North Korea won’t have capability to nuke us for a while, if ever, and that’s assuming they can’t be deterred.

* In response to better-than-expected jobs report, Boehner changes the subject to debt.

* Wingnut scamster O’Keefe forced into 100k settlement with former ACORN staffer.

* Krugman notes hypocrisy of those who always warn “markets” demand conservative policies, then ignore “markets” when they don’t react as predicted.

* Salon‘s Jillian Rayfield reports Arkansas Republicans not satisfied with overriding gubernatorial veto of country’s most restrictive abortion law; now aiming for total ban on funds for Planned Parenthood, which does not run abortion clinics in the state.

And in sorta non-political news:

* Vatican announces formal conclave to elect new Pope will begin on March 12. Last conclave ended after two days.

Back after doing some laundry.

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.