Another hour, another confusing set of conversations with hospital personnel. Greatest health care system in the world, I have been told.

At any rate, here are some midday news/views items from the cafeteria:

* 2009 Virginia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Creigh Deeds in critical condition and his son dead after an assault at their home. Details unavailable at this point.

* TPM’s Daniel Straus notes that nine of the ten most contested 2014 Senate races are in states relying on enrollments. The other is Kentucky, where Mitch McConnell’s probably hoping for a major state exchange failure.

* Reid makes new “nuclear” threat to Senate Republicans over judicial filibusters, but it’s not clear he has the votes to pull the trigger.

* White House threatens vetoes of two House GOP “drill baby drill” bills.

* The Atlantic republishes Garry Wills’ meditation on the significance of the Gettysburg address. Anything Wills writes is worth reading, IMHO.

And in non-political news:

* Tom Brady drops F-bomb on ref after “controversial” Monday Night Football call costs Pats victory.

As we break for a late lunch, here’s another Gettsburg-era Union civil war song–one that wasn’t real popular when I was growing up in the state in question: “Marching Through Georgia.”

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.