After a brief break, I’m about to plunge back into family medical issues. So you’ll probably see few posts from me for a while.

Here are some midday news/views snacks for a cold weather Wednesday:

* Administration security-related proposal to move U.S. embassy to Vatican onto grounds of U.S. embassy to Italy being called–literally–a “slap in the face” to Catholics by the usual conservative suspects.

* Speaking of the Vatican, everybody’s parsing Pope Francis’ new “teaching document” on the Church’s priorities in pursuit of ammunition in intra-Church battles and culture wars.

* White House preserves option of executive action on immigration reform as legislative window begins to close.

* And speaking of immigration: Christie hedges bets, saying he still favors federal “Dream Act” but won’t sign allegedly more generous New Jersey version.

* At TAP, Scott Lemieux offers his highly-informed take on the contraception coverage mandate litigation before the Supremes.

And in non-political news:

* Remains of 10,000-year-old “cultic temple” found near Jerusalem.

I’ve posted a lot of Hendrix videos here over time, so here’s something I haven’t offered: a rare, garbled-but-still-fascinating 1967 video of the Experience performing one of my all-time favorites: “Manic Depression.”

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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.