Arranged to watch SEC basketball with a friend tonight, but there ain’t no SEC basketball on the tube where we live (time to fire up the computer for ESPN3). My friend’s Mizzou team is tied with top-ranked Florida at the half, though.

Here are some midday news/views sightings:

* Gallup finds that nearly a third of Americans think global warming is happening, but don’t see it as a major threat in their own lifetimes. We could probably use another talk-a-thon.

* Foul-play theories gaining strength as data shows Malaysian airliner had deliberately altered flight path.

* New national PPP survey shows HRC continuing to lead all named Republicans in ’16 trial heats; Huck continues to lead GOP field in both preference numbers and approval ratios.

* Scott Brown launches exploratory committee for potential 2014 Senate race in NH. A little late for “exploring,” but he’s probably just keeping options open.

* More than 30,000 anti-Obamacare ads have appeared in early 2014 congressional contests, nearly half of all campaign ads.

And in non-political news:

* Toasty? Quiznos files for banktruptcy protection.

As we break for lunch (toasty or non-toasty), here’s Otis Spann tickling the ivories with “Sometimes I Wonder.”

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.