You’d think political reporters would be closely watching heavily African-American precincts in MS to see if there’s any sign of “crossover” vote for Cochran. But no inkling of info on that crucial aspect of the MS GOP SEN runoff yet.

Here are some midday news/views treats from various vendors:

* New trouble for Christie: SEC and Manhattan DA probing Pulaski Skyway repair contract brokered by New Jersey.

* More trouble for Scott Walker: At TNR, Bruce Murphy argues conservative groups willing to sacrifice Walker in effort to force legal ruling against campaign finance restrictions.

* Louisiana legislature sends Bobby Jindal bill requiring doctors to keep women alive absent very specific DNR order if fetal viability a possibility. Betcha Bobby signs it loudly.

* Rebekah Brooks acquitted, Andy Coulson convicted (on one count) in trial over criminal charges arising from British phone hacking scandal that rocked Murdoch media empire.

* Erick Erickson predicts MS “Establishment Republicans” will sabotage Chris McDaniel in the general election if he wins today’s GOP runoff.

And in non-political news: Phil Steele has my Georgia Bulldogs ranked 7th nationally in 2014 CFB preview.

As we break for lunch, there’s another rock legend born on this day in 1944: Arthur Brown, who performs his one big hit, “Fire,” live in 1968.

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.