I envy conservatives Tax Day as a convenient annual focus for agitprop. I mean, it’s not as though progressives have some obvious calendar hook for a Greedy Rich People day, or a Reactionary State Governments Day, or something.

In any event, here are some mid-Tax-Day news-and-views bites:

* Don’t look now, but the George W. Bush Revisionist History project is underway with the upcoming launch of his presidential library.

* TNR’s Noam Scheiber has a long and unsettling piece on the cashing-in activities of quite a few Obama staffers.

* Democrats cheer as Joe Miller publicly mulls a 2014 Senate run against Mark Begich.

* Self-identified Republicans almost entirely responsible for upward drift in Gallup annual Tax Day measurement of Americans thinking their taxes are too high.

* New York Times‘ Andrew Pollack offers a relatively accessible take on the gene patenting case being argued before the U.S. Supreme Court today.

And in non-political news:

* 117,000 giant African land snails caught in south Florida since 2011. Too bad they can’t just be fed to Burmese pythons.

Back after a meal break.

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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.