Welcome back, furloughed federal workers! Note our fifth item below.

Here are some midday news/views treats for the final day of this curious week of dodged bullets:

* It’s no surprise, but the timing is interesting: the DeMint-founded Senate Conservatives Fund endorses Mitch McConnell’s primary opponent.

* Tom Foley, the last Democratic Speaker of the U.S. House before Nancy Pelosi, dies at 84.

* Now that deficits aren’t a real urgent problem, Greg Sargent suggests a new “grand bargain” that doesn’t involve tax increases: a huge increase in infrastructure investment to goose the economy in exchange for tax cuts.

* At TAP Paul Starr argues it’s time to revive filibuster reform pressure as Senate considers D.C. Circuit appointments.

* WaPo’s Ellen McCarthy chronicles woes of returning federal workers dealing with stockpiled emails.

And in non-political news:

* Google stocks surge past $1000 per share as video and mobile ad revenues spike.

As we break for lunch, here’s another Johnny Horton song about the 49th state: “When It’s Springtime In Alaska (It’s Forty Below)”:

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.