Violent storm front moving into midwest makes me grateful, once again, to live in a place with boringly placid weather.

Here are some mid-day news/views snacks from the truck:

* Cornyn Amendment to immigration bill finally unveiled, and Greg Sargent says it looks mighty poisonous.

* Apparently offering no proxies to Marco Rubio as representative of GOPers wanting to “toughen” immigration bill, Rand Paul indicates he’s preparing his own amendments.

* Josh Marshall compares different looks through the “Snowden Prism” to varying gut reactions to the OJ Simpson trial.

* Jennifer Rubin conflates personal favorability/unfavorability ratings with job approval ratings in order to claim W. more popular than Obama.

* Amanda Marcotte decries the use of “turnaways”–women denied abortions who ultimately embrace the child produced by unwanted pregnancy–to justify abortion bans.

And in kinda non-political news:

* Croatia, Dubai, Kazakhstan, Western Sahara, Bhutan, make list of 5 best countries with no U.S. extradition treaty.

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.