Argh, I always get overwrought a bit when I write about Southern culture, so I’m running a bit late. Here are some mid-day news/views snacks, the ones I found when looking past all the stuff people are writing today that we discussed here yesterday:

* Politico‘s Dylan Byers chronicles Krugman-Erickson exchange over inflation, in which I was an accidental middle-man.

* In case there’s any residual doubt about this, National Review‘s Jonathan Strong describes the House GOP attitude towards the Senate immigration bill as one of “comprehensive rejection.”

* HHS promulgates final rules on contraception coverage mandate under Obamacare. Get ready for a fresh explosion of rage from those treating “religious liberty” as right to receive public subsidies without conditions.

* The Atlantic‘s Garance Franke-Ruta examines Rick Perry’s latest bout of “mansplaining.”

* TNR’s Jonathan Cohn suggests conservatives spend some time watching the Weather Channel.

And in non-political news:

* Red Sox man stabbed by Yankees fan awarded $4.3 million in damages in suit against restaurant where incident occurred.

Back within the hour.

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.