Thanks to Martin Longman for enabling me to spend some time with family visitors late last week. My guests are departing tonight, so I might curtail blogging a bit early today, but it’s not like there’s a lot of political news I am ignoring.

Here are some midday news/views scraps I can throw together:

* In a reminder of how far we’ve come, Obama asks retired Episcopal Bishop Gene Robinson, whose appointment as the first openly gay bishop touched off a gigantic battle in the Anglican Communion, to say a prayer at the White House Easter Prayer Breakfast.

* Yahoo’s Chris Moody provides an inside look at how Scott Brown is having to reposition himself to run against a different Democratic woman in a different state.

* Not just a southern thing: Wisconsin GOP to debate “right to secession” party plank.

* At TNR Kiera Friedman updates her story about the sexual assault problem at “God’s Harvard,” Patrick Henry College.

* New tensions in Ukraine as pro-Russian separatists seize public buildings in another city.

And in non-political news:

* Southwest flight to Sacramento diverted to Omaha when passenger tried to open the hatch in mid-air.

Aside from being the anniversary of the Titanic sinking and the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, today is Loretta Lynn’s 79th birthday. Here she is performing “Success” and “Get Set for a Heartbreak” on Porter Wagoner’s show in the early 1960s.

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.