As one of the fruits of not working in an office anymore, I feel no particular pressure to participate in a March Madness pool or fill out a bracket. That also means I won’t be feigning illness to watch 16 games each on Thursday and Friday, before losing interest when half my audacious upset picks fall flat. Now I could get into the women’s tournament if my Georgia Bulldogs manage to shake their recent habit of late season fades. But if all else fails, the Spring Game arrives April 6.

Here are some mid-day news/views bites for your enlightenment:

* HRC formally endorses marriage equality; Greg Sargent explains why it really does matter.

* At The Atlantic, Laura McKenna details the sequester’s impact on K-12 education.

* S.C.’s 1st district special primary tomorrow is race for second place behind Mark Sanford; Teddy Turner no longer favorite to make runoff.

* I stopped watching History Channel’s The Bible when angels rescuing Lott from Sodom started busting kung-fu moves. So didn’t see screen debut of Satan, who bears more than passing resemblance to the 44th president of the United States.

* According to Citizens for Tax Justice, millionaires would receive average tax cut of a cool $200k under latest Ryan budget proposal, even if they lose all their loopholes.

And in non-political news:

* Bracket bait: one expert’s analysis of five “surprise teams” that could go deep in NCAA men’s tourney.

Back within the hour.

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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.