It’s a day of preparation for a major procedure for my father here at St. Joseph’s Hospital, and I’m hopeful it will be very helpful. Thanks so much to those of you who have expressed sympathy and best wishes.

Here are some midday bites from various news/views vendors:

* Todd Purdum provides excerpts from Bobby Baker’s “secret” accounts of life in the Senate back in the day.

* HuffPost’s Jeffrey Young writes a useful update on efforts to find alternatives to for Obamacare exchange insurance purchases.

* This should be interesting: Ted Cruz says he’ll soon reveal his replacement plan for Obamacare.

* In a fascinating take, Harold Meyerson argues that heavily financed GOP voter suppression efforts should be regarded as an effort to buy elections.

* TNR’s Jonathan Cohn offers patient step-by-step primer on what anyone facing Obamacare-related insurance cancellations should actually do.

And in non-political news:

* Big changes underway at your local Golden Arches.

As we break for lunch and some errands, here’s Bo Diddley with Ron Wood performing “Who Do You Love?” in 1988.

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.