For a “short” week (at least for folks who had Monday off), this one’s creeping by in slow-motion. I aim to sleep til noon on Saturday.

Here are some midday amuses bouches to keep you energized:

* Lord-a-mercy: Hannity to be Gohmert’s sidekick at SOTU, and is shopping for political office to run for in FL or TX.

* At TNR, Nora Caplan-Bricker offers specific steps Obama task force could take to reduce campus sexual assaults.

* The Atlantic‘s Andew Cohen rescues some fine paywalled reporting from Rhonda Cook about Georgia’s privatized probation system and its threat of imprisonment for debt.

* Amanda Marcotte argues that “religious liberty” exemption demands are “Trojan Horse” for vast claims of immunity for discrimination.

* Greg Sargent weighs Medicaid expansion as “base mobilization” issue for Dems in rejectionist states.

And in non-political news:

* Pope Francis calls internet “gift from God.”

As we break for lunch, here’s more cold-weather blues: Sonny Boy Williamson performing “Nine Below Zero.”

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.