Tonight marks the beginning of Yom Kippur, and since sundown in the East may arrive soon after I finish blogging today, let me wish my Jewish friends an easy fast.

Here are some midday news/views bites:

* Kerry races from negotiations with Russians in Geneva to negotiations on Sunday with Netanyahu in Jerusalem and Abbas in Ramallah.

* Andrew Sullivan turns CW on its head, arguing that Obama’s the one who has “played” Putin.

* TAP’s Paul Waldman meditates on Twitter, which Paul Krugman can well afford to avoid, but not us lesser scribblers.

* The Atlantic‘s Molly Ball provides ultimate buzzkill take on significance of Colorado recall for gun control measures.

* Deep dive from Richard Wolffe’s 2012 campaign book into disputes over Stephanie Cutter’s role in Team Obama, if anyone still cares.

And in non-political news:

* Huge Jersey Shore boardwalk fire contained, but post-Sandy rebuilding will have to be repeated.

As I break to finish thinking through another post on Mr. Beinart’s struggle-for-the-soul essay, here’s some more music about superstition, with Stevie Ray Vaughan collaborating with Stevie Wonder on his classic hit:

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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.