Egads, what a morning. I’ll try to find something other than Ben-IRS! to write about. Here are some more diverse mid-day morsels:

* At TNR, Jonathan Cohn reminds us that Obamacare’s impact on the delivery of health services goes beyond extension of health insurance.

* Carl Bernstein reminds us exactly what Richard Nixon personally did in encouraging IRS audits of “enemies.”

* Thought-provoking Abby Rapoport piece at TAP on union efforts to encourage worker “self-organizing” in situations where collective bargaining just not available.

* At The Atlantic, Ta-Nehisi Coates explores long, disreputable history of research on race and IQ.

* Jury hung on two counts in Gosnell trial. Re-trial would please anti-choicers hoping to make Gosnell the face of late-term abortion.

And in sorta non-political news: UN Food and Agricultural Organization urges greater consumption of insects, despite “consumer disgust.” Yum!

I’ll check to see if I have any termites in the freezer. They’re said to taste like walnuts.

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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.