You know, this fiscal crisis is among the most boring high-stakes roller coaster rides I can remember. I’m getting really tired of wondering about John Boehner’s feelings.

In any event, here are some midday news/views snacks of varying nutritional value:

* Rep. Ted Yoho (R-FL), who is taking up some of the slack left when Allen West was defeated for re-election last year, suggests furloughed workers should be denied back pay after the House voted unanimously to give it to them. Go figure.

* House Republican Policy Committee chairman James Lankford confirms “defunding Obamacare” off the table in fiscal talks, in case you or Ted Cruz has been wondering.

* Greg Sargent reports that momentum is beginning to shift from the House GOP’s “offer” of short-term debt limit and CR measures to bipartisan Senate negotiations over a longer-term deal.

* At TAP, Gershom Gorenberg meditates on the persistence of nationalist sentiment in Catalonia–and in Israel and Palestine.

* The Atlantic‘s Jordan Weissmann reports that both of Seattle’s mayoral candidates favor a $15 minimum wage.

And in non-political news:

* Tesla topped Norway’s vehicle sales last month. Quirk or trend?

As we take a brief lunch break, here’s Cream performing its cover of “Crossroad Blues” in 1968.

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.