Sorry for the occasionally erratic posting, but I’m in Georgia traveling from relative to relative, and relying on an old HP laptop that is rapidly slipping into technological senility. And it was new and cool so very recently!

Here are some fresh mid-day news/views treats:

* Boston Globe‘s Bryan Bender examines oil and gas industry ties of Energy Secretary nominee Ernest Moniz, who is in some danger of attracting opposition from both left and right.

* Obama uses citizenship ceremony to put public pressure on congressional negotiators working on immigration deal.

* Remember when gay marriage ban on ballot thought to have tilted Ohio, and the entire election, to George W. Bush in 2004? New Columbus Dispatch poll shows Ohioans favoring repeal of ban by 54-40 margin.

* Resignation of leader leaves Syrian opposition “in chaos,” reports WaPo’s Liz Sly.

* Felix Salmon calls EU-Cyprus bank agreement a “bold and brutal geo-political power play” in which Russian plutocrats took big hit.

And in non-political news:

* Blur and Oasis members bury the hatchet and perform together at cancer benefit.

Back after giving this laptop its daily dose of Geritol.

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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.