I’m going through my annual debate with myself as to whether I will join some March Madness pool, and thus give myself an excuse for caring about what happens when the few teams I care about exit the tournament. Maybe my Georgia Bulldogs will make a run in the NIT, and save me the pool fees.

Here are some midday news/views snacks served with green frosting:

* Scott Brown’s Senate campaign begins with rejection of Shaheen request that he agree to a mutual limit on “outside campaign” spending as he did in the 2012 race in MA.

* Slate‘s William Dobson debunks claim–which probably began within Malaysian government–that the pilot of Flight 370 was a political “fanatic.”

* After extensive hype over Terri Lynn Land’s dominant position in U.S. Senate polls in MI, a new survey’s out showing Democrat Gary Peters in front.

* Mississippi latest Republican-run state to move towards drug testing of TANF beneficiaries, despite evidence it’s an expensive way to be cruel.

* Rupert Murdoch calls on Irish to boycott Guinness after brewer pulls out of the New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade over ban on gay organization participation. A stout reason for pouring a Guinness right now.

And in non-political news:

* 4.4 earthquake rocks L.A. early this morning, but no damage initially reported.

As we break for lunch, here’s Luke Kelly with “Join the British Army.”

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.