Sorry for the slow posting this morning, but had a bit of a crisis when I learned my Twitter account had been hacked, sending out DMs with links to a pitch for some weight-loss product (grateful it wasn’t one of the “male products” frequently promoted by email and social media hackers). I think it’s all fixed and secure now, but it did screw up my day.

Here are some crunchy mid-day news and views items:

* Rand Paul’s Big Day even bigger than I thought: he gets op-ed into Washington Times repeating demand that Hillary Clinton be “held accountable” for Benghazi!, which, for good measure, he compares to Mogadishu.

* House Republicans anonymously complain that John Boehner’s been AWOL in recent legislative fights.

* Interesting brief history of abortion smears aimed at women running for office.

* TAP’s Abby Rapoport argues Jindal’s voucher defeat just one of many setbacks for private-school subsidy movement.

* Peggy Noonan enfolds Benghazi! “whistleblower” Gregory Hicks in her clammy embrace.

And in non-political news:

* Deborah Turness reportedly in line to become president of NBC, making her first woman to head up U.S. broadcast network.

Back after racing through several chores.

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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.