My preacher dropped for a bit, and that’s always an opportunity for fine discussion and fellowship, so my blogging rhythm’s been a bit off. For now, here are some mid-day news/views delectables:

* WaPo’s Glenn Kessler mourns the retirement of Michele Bachmann, “a fact-checker’s dream.”

* Indie Governor of Rhode Island (and former Republican Senator) Linc Chaffee, completes drift away from his familial GOP attachment, announcing he’ll run for re-election as a Democrat. He’s got an uphill path no matter what he calls himself.

* Yglesias notes Obamacare forcing big improvements in that extremely important preventive measure against infections: hand-washing in hospitals.

* TPM’s Josh Marshall notes heavy investment of conservative media in trying to link IRS “scandal” to any claims of conservative adversity at the hands of the Tax Man, with evidence of targeting rarely if ever offered.

* Interesting piece at Foreign Policy by Gal Luft on Saudi Arabia’s oil price/production quandary.

* Uh-oh: new wave of violence against Myanmar’s small but symbolic Muslim population.

And in non-political news:

* Netflix stock price plunges after mixed reviews of debut of new Arrested Development season.

Back within an hour.

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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.