Crazy news week actually off to a slow start thanks to SCOTUS anticlimax. But don’t worry; it’ll pick up directly.

Here are some mid-day news/views snacks:

* Third consecutive poll shows Markey with double-digit lead over Gomez as Massachusetts voters prepare to head to the polls tomorrow to select successor to John Kerry.

* Rasmussen finds Marco Rubio’s favorability number among Republicans dropping 15% since February. HRC’s much-discussed favorability erosion not in her own party.

* First Democracy Corps survey of 2014 House landscape finds Republicans in weaker position than is normally assumed.

* TAP’s Abby Rapoport thinks opponents of radical abortion legislation in Texas may be able to delay bill in Senate long enough for special session clock to run out.

* The Atlantic‘s Ta-Nehisi has a typically insightful take on the amnesia surrounding the Paula Deen incident.

And in sorta non-political news:

* TNR’s Alec MacGillis raps WaPo for its latest slam at Baltimore, this time over rat control. I’m with Alec, having lived in two different Capitol Hill homes besieged by rats.

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Back in a bit.

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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.