I’m praying for all my friends and family in the Atlanta area, where 200,000 people are already without power even as the snow and ice gain momentum. Having lived through several southern ice storms, I can tell you they are more dangerous than any blizzard. And the loss of trees–both in the storm and in later “preventive” measures–in what was once called “a city in a forest” could be catastrophic, too.

Here are some warm midday treats:

* I know I sometimes make mistakes in early morning posts. But at least I don’t tend to go off into insane hate-rages like Erick Erickson’s 4:30 AM post today. He doesn’t even have my time-zone excuse.

* Maine Gov. Paul LePage gives his 2014 opponents more ammunition by vetoing a bill aimed at reducing drug overdoses.

* Politico‘s Tal Kopan offers a useful (if somewhat overwrought) roundup on 2014 Secretary of State races. Sorry, they’re not going to be the central cockpit of the midterms, but they do matter.

* Greg Sargent discusses the significance of the new Gallup numbers indicating a drop in the number of uninsured.

* TNR’s Isaac Chotiner examines George Will’s drift from High Toryism to libertarianism.

* Another one bites the dust: Kentucky same-sex marriage ban struck down by federal judge.

And in sorta non-political news:

* Paul Deen gets major capital infusion for her planned comeback.

As we pause for lunch, here’s another song about strange and sleepless nights: John Lennon’s “I’m So Tired,” from the White Album.

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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.