My week being scrambled by Showtime practice of making Nurse Jackie and The Borgias available On Demand six days before actual cable-cast. Does avoid Sunday night Mad Men conflict, but no early sleepy time on Mondays.

Anyway, here are some mid-day bites. Upon reflection, I decided against link to Rachel Ray Show feature on making broccoli that tastes just like pizza.

* At candidate debate, Elizabeth Colbert Busch brings up Mark Sanford’s use of state funds to jet down to Argentina to see his lover. Sanford mostly talked about Nancy Pelosi.

* In latest NYTimes/CBS poll, majorities oppose U.S. military intervention in Korea or Syria. 70% do approve use of drones overseas.

* Half of L.A. Times staff indicates they’d quit if paper bought by Kochs.

* At the Plum Line, Jonathan Bernstein notes GOP doesn’t even have a current “tax reform” proposal, even though Members are threatening to hold debt limit hostage to enactment of it.

* Dave Weigel previews today’s Massachusetts Democratic special Senate primary, which isn’t exactly attracting much public or media attention.

And in non-political news:

* Rich folks powering U.S. consumer spending. What a shock.

Back in a coupla jiffies.

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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.