Still a bit teary-eyed about George Jones. Though a life-long fan of his music, I only saw him live once (strangely enough, it was at the launch event for the Georgia Lottery, where he performed “The Race Is On”). My parents, though, saw him a couple of times at The Playroom, a 60s-vintage Atlanta night club where all the big country stars performed before country music made it big nationally.

In any event, here are some mid-day news/views treats:

* House completes action on bill to let FAA avoid furloughs of air traffic controllers. Zoom zoom.

* Ezra Klein offers a strategy for resisting a Koch takeover of the L.A. Times.

* Predictably, Charles Krauthammer continues the Bush Re-Appreciation Drive.

* 1st Quarter GDP numbers disappointing but predictable.

* Decent backgrounder from RCP on issues for U.S. raised by Assad’s use of chemical weapons.

And in non-political news:

* David Bowie finally breaks silence about his “comeback album.”

I’m going to be on a WaMo conference call from 2:00-4:00 EDT, but will return after that. And yes, patient readers, we’re in the process of taking action to limit exposure to the pop-up ad.

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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.