As you might imagine from the Daylight Video, stayed up a bit late beginning the baby steps of an education in Arabic Rock. Don’t believe it conditioned me for submission to Shariah Law, but still, don’t tell any Tennessee legislators about it.

Here are some mid-day news/views samples, unwrapped for your consumption:

* Wonkblog’s Evan Soltas, writing at Bloomberg, offers the contrarian case against the existence of an “infrastructure crisis.”

* Adventures in branding: Martin O’Malley calling himself a “performance-driven progressive.” Perfectly legitimate in his case, but doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue.

* Guardian finds Thatcher still gets mixed reviews from today’s British public. She clearly didn’t benefit from the kind of retrospective glow most retired U.S. chief executives usually gain.

* Rand Paul headed to Howard University tomorrow to do the “outreach” thing. He’d be smart to anticipate and try to preempt questions about his very shaky support for historic civil rights legislation–unless his actual audience is elsewhere and he wants to elicit boos.

* Nouri Al-Maliki adds his two cents to the Iraq War retrospective in an odd WaPo op-ed that’s a mite defensive about his ties to Iran.

And in non-political news:

* Louisville wins men’s national basketball championship; Louisville women go for the sweep tonight.

Back after an actual meal break.

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.