It was the strongest news morning in a month or so, but now it’s Friday afternoon, so I’m sure we’ll settle down to a near-snooze unless the North Koreans really act out.

Here are some mid-day morsels to keep the machine running:

* Then there were four (unless I’m missing someone; this changes nearly every day): Red-state Democratic senators Heidi Heitkamp and Joe Donnelly announce support for marriage equality. Bill Nelson did the same yesterday afternoon. That leaves Johnson, Landrieu, Manchin and Pryor as the hold-outs, and also means a majority of U.S. Senators have come aboard.

* Scott Brown “won’t rule out” Senate run in New Hampshire in 2014, noting he was born there and still owns a house and pays taxes in the Granite State. Wait til he gets a load of the local Tea Party up there.

* Continuing his reinvention, Bob Woodward retroactively endorses Ford pardon of Nixon and calls Citizens United not a real problem.

* More war-talk: North Korea tells foreign embassies they might want to close by April 10 for safety reasons. Germany’s already evacuating diplomats.

* MoveOn, Democracy for America, and two other liberal groups blast Obama on Social Security “chained CPI” proposal.

And in non-political news:

* Bad buzz for The Barn: fairly or not, Auburn football program facing welter of allegations of wrong-doing.

Back within the hour.

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.