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As the Atlantic hurricane season arrives in full force, offers a fascinating chart of actual hurricane strikes in U.S. since 1900 from the Texas/Mexico border to Boston.

While you are mulling that over, here are some mid-day news/views bites:

* With Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act suspended by SCOTUS, Holder begins pursuing actions under Sections 2 and 3 to challenge state voting restrictions.

* RNC begins sending “directors” to key states as state parties roil with intramural conflicts.

* Rick Hasan suggests NC voter suppression blitz could produce backlash, as occurred in 2012 in various states. TAP’s Abby Rapoport agrees.

* Pelosi weighs in on NYC mayor’s race, blasting former colleague Weiner for “reprehensible” conduct, and taking a swing at San Diego mayor Bob Filner while she’s at it.

* Meanwhile, new poll shows 43% of NY Democrats want Weiner to drop out, though he’s still in second place with 16% in candidate preference.

And in non-political news:

* Better publicity stunt than trashing a hotel room: Puddle of Mudd singer arrested for vandalizing neighbor’s property with a buzz-saw and a sledge hammer.

Back in a while. In the meantime, more John Lee, this time with Carlos Santana, asking us to “Chill Out.”

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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.