This could be the sparest news day of the summer, unless that would be Friday. If it means no fresh news of war or economic collapse, I’m fine with that. Tomorrow we’ll have March on Washington commemoratives.

Here are some midday morsels scrounged from the back of the fridge:

* In Idaho John Boehner vows to make “entitlement reform”–not just reduced spending levels–a demand in autumn fiscal battles.

* Louis Gohmert attributes Obama administration’s position on Egypt to its “infiltration” by the Muslim Brotherhood. Unbelievable.

* At TAP, Robert Waldman expresses skepticism about the particular taboo against chemical weapons.

* Gene Sperling rumored to be leaving White House staff.

* At New Yorker, George Packer makes a Socratic case against greater intervention in Syria.

And in non-political news:

*Yosemite fire threatening San Francisco’s water supply.

Back after a break. Since we have no musical theme today, let’s provide some classical music for your luncheon enjoyment: the Osaka Orchestra performing Holst’s “Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity” from The Planets.

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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.