I’m actually going out to lunch today with a church group, so there will be a brief blogging hiatus from about 2:45-4:00 EDT. Good thing I’m ahead of schedule, despite something less than a torrent of political news.

Here are some midday tastes from hither and yon:

* New York Times and WaPo team up with Mozilla to develop a grant-funded state of the art digital commenting system. If it works, hope there’s another grant to help po’ folks like WaMo adopt it.

* Business Insider posts map of “most liberal” and “most conservative” municipalities in each state. More about that later.

* St. Louis Post-Dispatch replaces George Will with Mike Gerson as syndicated columnist after complaints about Will’s recent offensive piece on campus sexual assaults.

* Politico trumpets the “return of the GOP hawks,” featuring McCain, Graham and Rubio.

* NPR poll provides unsurprising news that Obama’s approval rating lower than average in 12 Senate battleground states. Eight of them went for Romney in 2012.

And in non-political news:

* Dodgers’ Kershaw tosses 15-strikeout no-hitter against Rockies.

As we break for lunch, here’s Paul Robeson singing “No More Auction Block.”

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.