I’m fighting the temptation to put on college basketball games in the background while blogging (just as I and many coworkers often did back when I had an office gig). I may have to become a serious fan of the sport if the head-injury evidence about football gets much worse.

In any event, here are some mid-day Friday news and views morsels:

* Bloomberg’s Mark Drajem reports Obama on the brink of ordering federal agencies to assess impact on climate change of all major projects they regulate. Expect conservative howls about executive “tyranny.”

* New York Times‘ Jim Rutenberg has good quick summary of “no new ideas” versus “new bad ideas” debate at CPAC.

* Clever piece by TPM’s Brian Buetler about “Sequestration NIMBYism” among congressional Republicans.

* Obama reportedly asked Senate Republicans for “restraint” in filibustering his nominees during their meeting yesterday, but got “cool reception” for that idea.

* Stateline‘s Pamela Prah reports 10 states considering their own minimum wage increases.

And in non-political news:

* Via Jim Arkedis, a hilarious photo of sign at Baton Rouge Hooters advertising “Lenten Menu.” Only in the Gret Stet of Loosiana!

Back in 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.