Terrible heat wave here on the Central Coast. High today: 73 degrees! But highs will be back down into the 60s by July 4.

Here are some mid-day hot links. Add your own condiments:

* New York Times‘ Linda Greenhouse waxes angry and eloquent over the cynical opportunism of the Chief Justice and his judicial allies.

* Eric Schnurer chips in at U.S. News with acute analysis of indifference of Court conservatives to “original intent” of the Civil Rights Amendments.

* BuzzFeed’s Jessica Testa pens a long and compelling profile of Glenn Greenwald.

* Daily Caller‘s Matt Lewis advises social conservatives to talk about polygamy, not bestiality, in its slippery-slope arguments against marriage equality.

* Cantor bends to conservative activists and works on splitting Farm Bill into separate pieces dealing with farm programs and SNAP.

* Think Progress‘ Josepth Diebold has latest summary on state action to exploit demise of Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act.

And in non-political news:

* Target, Home Depot, and now Wal-Mart latest sponsors to drop relationship with Paula Deen.

Back after some scheduled moonlighting.

UPDATE: Yeah, commenter trog69, you’re right: it’s not nice of me to gloat about living in a place where it’s never too hot and never too cold. But I did my decades in Georgia and DC, enduring summers when I never stopped sweating, before abandoning an Upward Career Trajectory and a very nice paycheck in order to Split to the Coast. So I do take pleasure in this soft climatic landing, but will try to keep it to myself henceforth.

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.