I know it was a stretch to relate Jim Morrison performing “Alabama Song” to a post on voting rights, but I do love that the Doors chose to put a Bertolt Brecht/Kurt Weill composition from the very strange 1930 opera Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny into their very first album.

Here are some mid-day offerings from the snack tray:

* As “deadline” passes and army units deploy in Cairo, it’s still not clear if a full-scale coup is underway, but there are no signs of negotiations or armistice.

* Kevin Drum notes the emergence of a new, redundant “pledge” for conservatives to sign, vowing opposition to “climate tax.”

* Good news for Maine bloggers: Gov. Paul LePage running for re-election after all.

* Profiles in polarization: Pew word association poll about 43d and 44th presidents shows top three terms for W. are “honest,” “incompetent” and “arrogant;” for Obama top three are “good/good man,” “incompetent,” and a tie between “honest” and “liar.”

* Like Rick Valelly at Ten Miles Square, TAP’s Jamelle Bouie argues that history of voting rights one of ebbs and flows, not steady progress.

And in non-political news:

* Study shows “cheating gap” between husbands and wives steadily declining.

Back in a bit.

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.