Got a bit distracted by someone on Twitter challenging my “hillbilly” use of the term “folk,” but will get over it with a belt of moonshine. Here are some alcohol-free mid-day treats:

* Dueling marchers greet Texas legislature as it convenes for second special session. Supporters of the proposed bill restricting abortion numbered about 100; opponents about 5,000.

* Speaking of Texas: PPP survey finds Texans supporting Wendy Davis’ filibuster by a 45/40 margin. But in test heat against Rick Perry for governorship, she trails 39/53.

* WikiLeaks releases list of 19 countries to which Snowden has submitted asylum requests.

* Meanwhile, Glenn Greenwald says a “new bombshell,” presumably from Snowden, is about to be dropped.

* Bloomberg endorses Daley in challenge to Illinois Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn.

And in non-political news:

* Vatican commission clears the way for Pope Francis to make John Paul II a saint. It’s rumored that will happen on 12/8, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, and could be a dual canonization that includes John XXIII.

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.