Slowed down this morning by excessive poll-gazing, but here are some mid-day snacks:

* Paul Ryan hints at support for violating Hastert Rule on immigration bill, but only if provisions are brought up separately.

* Catholic Bishop of Sioux City, Iowa, in Steve King’s district, criticizes King’s “drug mules” slap at DREAMers as violating “their human dignity and the respect owed them as children of God.”

* “Constitutional conservative” and Neocon heart-throb Rep. Tom Cotton formally declares Senate candidacy in Arkansas.

* TNR publishes Isaac Chotiner interview with John McCain, producing the highly buzzworthy quote from the 2008 GOP presidential nominee that he’d have a tough time deciding between HRC and Rand Paul if they are the 2016 nominees.

* Rand Paul offers truce in spat with Chris Christie.

And in non-political news:

* O.J. Simpson (remember him?) wins on one parole request, but still just serve at least four more years in prison on additional conviction.

As we break for lunch, here’s the late J.J. Cale performing one of his songs that Eric Clapton made famous, “Cocaine.”

UPDATE: Commenter jsjiowa is right: Steve King is identified here and there as Roman Catholic. So I took out the sentence above indicating otherwise. I was probably misled by King’s leading role in an event I attended last year at a Des Moines conservative evangelical megachurch.

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.