Allergies or viruses? Only the next few docs I see will know for sure why I keep coughing and sniffling.

Here are some hypo-allergenic news/views treats:

* Aggrieved husband of woman caught on camera making out with “family values” Christian conservative Rep. Vance McAllister (R-LA) says “He’s apologized to everyone in the world except me.”

* Conservative intellectual Reihan Salam explains why he still self-identifies as a Neocon.

* ThinkProgress‘ Bryce Covert pushes back with data against conservative assertion the gender pay gap is a myth.

* House GOP Whip Kevin McCarthy abruptly distances himself from new Breitbart California site after it published nasty sexist images of Nancy Pelosi.

* The Atlantic‘s Andrew Cohen argues Senators are deliberately starving the federal judiciary of trial judges by preventing their confirmation.

And in non-political news:

* Missed free throws doomed Cats in NCAA championship game.

As we break for lunch, here’s my own favorite Nirvana song: “Heart-Shaped Box:”

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.