Our Lite Blogging regime is sure being reflected in Lite News. I hope this means more Americans have the day off than I would have imagined.

Here are some midday treats:

* President’s Day trivia: as president U.S. Grant once ticketed (and horse-drawn buggy impounded!) by DC police for speeding.

* Dems beginning to proactively use “mend don’t end” Obamacare message in ’14 campaigns.

* Never a good sign when Islamic insurgents in Egypt decide to kill the tourism industry by killing tourists.

* No Democrat running for U.S. Senate in Alabama for the first time ever, assuming you count the early Democratic-Republicans.

* Christian Right “kingmaker” Bob Vander Plaats of IA decides against Senate run.

And in non-political news:

* Sochi medals per capita or as compared to GDP show Norway, Slovenia and Latvia just running away with it.

Back for a bit more blogging in a while. As a couple of commenters have suggested, here’s another presidential song, though a sad and angry one:

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.