Aside from my Twitter dialogue over Nate Cohn’s piece on southern white voters, I also did a conference call with an old friend, so I’m a bit behind the curve.

Here are some midday news/views items rushed from the pantry:

* Texas jury makes multi-million dollar award to family claiming medical injurities from fracking operations. A trend?

* Harvard University Press struggling to keep up with demand for Thomas Picketty’s Capital in the Twenty-First Century.

* Prospect‘s Paul Waldman suggests high priests of Right’s “religion of unreason” aren’t clergy.

* Obama’s playful interaction at Tokyo factory gets this treatment from Drudge: “OBAMA BOWS TO JAPANESE ROBOT.”

* More detail on Georgia’s new “guns everywhere” law, which Republicans and Democrats alike are using to fend off attacks from Right.

And in non-political news:

* Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda ejected from game after umpires found “brown goo” on his neck.

As we break for lunch, here’s more rebel music from the Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem: “Legion of the Rearguard.”

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.