I really blows my mind that the events I wrote about in today’s first two posts occurred 50 years ago. Perhaps as a southerner and the worst little political junkie you’ve ever seen I was a bit more aware of the civil rights struggle than most white kids in elementary school, but still: 50 years! It’ll get worse in 2015 when we commemorate the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which may be close to a dead letter by then.

Anyway, here are some mid-day morsels for your consumption:

* Obama administration formally abandons legal fight to restrict over-the-counter access to Plan B contraception after series of judicial setbacks.

* But House schedules vote to enact national ban on abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy.

* Bill Daley forms exploratory committee in move towards gubernatorial bid in Illinois; the Democratic incumbent, Pat Quinn, has dreadful approval numbers.

* TAP’s Jamelle Bouie argues public support for data-mining based on abstract nature of civil liberties concerns.

* The Atlantic‘s Olga Khazan explains the attraction of Iceland to whistle-blowing fugitives.

And in non-political news:

* Tense Tuesday: evacuations forced by bomb threats at Princeton University, Georgia State Capitol, Richmond airport.

Back after hunting and collecting lunch and some more news.

Ed Kilgore

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.