Belated thanks to those of you who offered such kind thoughts about my father’s death and my brief tribute to him yesterday. His memorial service is tomorrow, and Ryan will again be filling in. I hope to be back on a regular schedule by Monday.

Here are some midday news/views treats:

* E.J. Dionne connects the dots between Obama’s big speech on inequality and his defense of the Affordable Care Act.

* Once again, Republican House candidates are being pushed to accept tutoring on how not to sound all piggy piggy when they talk about women, particular women they are running against.

* Recount of VA Attorney General contest, won officially by Democrat Mark Herring but only by 165 votes, will be held the week of December 16.

* TNR’s Jennifer Kirby notes Tea Folk isolated in their opposition to minimum wage increases, at least among the general public.

* Priebus confirms RNC focused on early attacks on HRC. Oh boy, more Benghazi!

And in non-political news:

* JPMorgan Chase warns cash card users of major hacking of system.

As we break for lunch, I can’t really commemorate my father without mentioning Richard Pryor, whom he loved dearly. As you can imagine, most of Pryor’s routines–including the many my father memorized–are not very family-friendly. So here’s a rare clip of Pryor singing on (I think) the Kraft Music Hour. Hope you are as amazed as I was.

Richard Pryor (1966) by SoulLegends

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.