Maybe this is an old-guy thing, but it still felt weird watching one Russian ice-skating pair in Sochi performing to the theme from The Addams Family and then another (the gold metal winners) kicking out the jams to Jesus Christ Superstar.

Here are some equally Americanized midday news and views treats:

* Think Progress‘ Ian Millhiser runs through the obstacles to Senate floor action on nominations that Republicans are using to thrwart Obama despite the partial invocation of the “nuclear option.”

* TPM offers handy interactive map on Obamacare enrollment in the states.

* At the Prospect, Paul Waldman discusses Tennessee GOP efforts to interfere with VW’s right to negotiate with unions. More about that later.

* Rolling Stone‘s Matt Taibbi warns of disastrous implications of bank takeovers of heavy industry.

* Nation’s Capital braces not only for snow, but for midnight’s release of the second season of House of Cards.

And in non-political news:

* Worst is over for Atlanta after giant winter storm, but 347,000 Georgians still without power.

As we break for lunch, here’s Mississippi John Hurt with “Make Me a Pallet on the Floor.”

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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.