Dreadful post-Super Bowl slough in news today. Heard somewhere that 60% of Americans are taking the day off, but can’t quite view this is a holiday. So we’ll do the best we can.

Here are some small midday scraps from the news-grinder:

* Christie gets chance to burnish “media-victim” credentials via speaking gig at CPAC next month. Group snubbed him last year.

* O’Malley moving ahead with presidential campaign preparations, presumably to be in position if HRC doesn’t run. Could also accelerate veep vetting.

* Republican governors using surplus revenues to launch spending initiatives, especially in education; many reversing their own cuts.

* Pretty rich story of Christie state patrol bodyguard getting popped for shoplifting at PA gun store. Asked that charges be dropped as “professional courtesy.”

* The Atlantic‘s Ta-Nehisi Coates examines latest high-profile Florida “Stand Your Ground” killing.

And in sorta non-political news:

* 9/11 “truther” crashes Super Bowl interview.

As we break for lunch, here’s the Big Bopper performing “Little Red Riding Hood.”

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.