Kinda annoyed that my Georgia Bulldogs’ NIT game against Vermont tonight is only being televised by ESPNU, which my (and probably your) cable provider doesn’t pick up. GameCast will have to do, which is kinda like “watching” a game from an old newswire ticker.

Here are some more widely broadcast midday news/views items:

* Georgia Senate shows its moderation by passing bill letting churches “opt in” to allowing guns in the pews, instead of having to “opt out” as a House-passed version provided.

* Kentucky Senate accommodates Rand Paul’s ambitions by passing bill letting candidates run for two federal offices (say, U.S. Senate and President) simultaneously (say, in 2016).

* I’m please to note that Stephanie Mencimer was a finalist for the 2014 Anthony Shadid Award for Journalism Ethics for her November/December 2013 Washington Monthly story on the controversy over Jamie Leigh Jones’ allegations of being gang-raped by contractor employees in Iraq.

* Backlash against Nate Silver’s manifesto on “data journalism” spreads, now including Paul Krugman and Leon Weiseltier.

* Aw, say it ain’t so, Joe! Scarborough disclaims interest in 2016 presidential run. Guess there’s still hope for a Huntsman comeback.

And in non-political news:

* Dow still stubbornly up today, despite fears Russian troops will appear on the banks of the Hudson River any moment.

According to Wikipedia, Elvis had four–that’s right, four–singles that hit Billboard‘s Number One in the year he bought Graceland, 1957. As we break for lunch, here’s the King performing the least famous of these on Ed Sullivan: “Too Much.”

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.