Yeah, like I said last week, ruminating on questions about the South–or the Civil War–tends to screw up the posting schedule here. But I think it’s worth it.

Here are some mid-day news/views tidbits:

* A fresh call for a “sex boycott” in Texas aimed at men opposed to reproductive rights.

* Putin publicly warns Edward Snowden to stop leaking or leave Russia.

* Long-awaited EPA rules for new power plants released. Next up: rules for existing power plants, which will cause the most ruckus.

* Student loan rates double today, since Congress failed to cut a deal to prevent hike from happening. But as Daniel Luzer noted at College Guide, real deadline is beginning of next school year.

* Soledad O’Brien signs up as reporter for Al Jazeera America.

And in non-political news:

* Serena Williams latest high-seed casualty at Wimbledon.

Back after doing some chores.

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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.