The rain’s gone in central California; the ice and snow are back in the Southeast; and it’s getting dangerously warm in Sochi. Crazy weather is definitely the New Normal.

* Byron York joins the pack baying at Pat Roberts as a Kansas Expat who’s gone native in Washington.

* White House announces new public-private initiative to help “young men of color.” Yes, Obama plays the race card again.

* Charlie Cook explores the unparalleled fear of being “primaried” from the Right by Republican officeholders.

* WSJ’s James Taranto takes another ill-advised plunge into the problem of campus sexual assaults.

* Holder calls on states to end disenfranchisement of ex-felons.

And in non-political news:

Shirley Temple Black dies at 85.

As we pause for lunch, here’s more Skip James performing “Skip’s Worried Blues” in 1966.

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.