I’m still trying to cope with the idea of Mick Jagger turning 70 today. It didn’t help that my favorite Jagger performance–“Memo From Turner” from the movie appropriately named Performance–isn’t embeddable at YouTube any more. I may just post audio later today for those who have missed this tune that features Ry Cooder on slide guitar.

Anyway, here are some mid-day news and views snacks fresh from the vending machine:

* WSJ reports “roughly a third” of Democratic senators have signed letter supporting Janet Yellen for Fed chairmanship.

* Steve King sticking to his description of DREAMers as including many drug mules with “calves like cantalopes,” citing his personal experience hanging out with border patrol.

* Matthew Duss has good backgrounder at TAP about John Kerry’s latest Mideast peace effort.

* Abortion bill with conditions that only one abortion clinic in the state could currently meet heads to desk of NC Gov. Pat McCrory, who promised not to restrict abortion when campaigning last year.

* As House Republicans plan to spend August recess “fighting Washington,” congressional Democrats planning to talk about climate change.

And in non-political news:

* First NASCAR race on dirt track in 43 years held in Ohio.

Back in a while. I guess this is the role I’m playing in the Jagger birthday commemoration today: “Under Assistant West Coast Promotion Man.”

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.