Just experienced a rare iMac crash, so I’m running a bit behind schedule. Knew I shouldn’t have opened that vast pdf from the Congressional Budget Office.

In any event, here are some mid-day news and views worth a taste:

* At TNR, Abbas Milani has fascinating account of Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei’s manipulation of the upcoming Iranian elections.

* National Journal‘s Josh Kraushaar points to GOP candidate recruitment problems in key states of Virginia and Colorado as bad sign for 2014 and beyond.

* Phyllis Schlafly endorses fastest-moving GOP political meme: chasing Latinos a waste of time.

* 1994 landslide casualty Marjorie Margolies of Pennsylvania, who lost after switching vote to support Clinton budget, seeking return to House after 20 years.

* James Comey, a former high-ranking Bush administration figure and sometimes nemesis of Alberto Gonzales, reportedly to be named new F.B.I. director.

And in non-political news:

* Andrew Greeley, sociologist, novelist, journalist and priest, dies at 85.

Back after raiding the Frigidaire.

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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.