Sorry for the intensity of the last post on a topic many readers may find either unimportant or obvious. But I was burying part of my past.

Here are some more casual midday news/views treats:

* Fascinating profile of Mark Mayfield, the Mississippi Tea Party leader who committed suicide in the wake of the photographing-Rose-Cochran scandal.

* Robert Kuttner reports that Argentina’s World Cup finals defeat nothing compared to the financial beating the country’s about to take thanks to a U.S. federal court decision on “vulture fund” debt.

* At The Atlantic Jeffrey Goldberg concludes Bibi Netanyahu has taken Israel well down the road to a Jim Crow “solution” by declaring a viable Palestinian state impossible.

* Greg Sargent argues Republican obstruction of an infrastructure funding bill could represent the GOP’s latest effort to sabotage a full economic recovery.

* Fred Hiatt seems to be making the case that the answer to alleged “confusion” in the Obama administration is to bring in more people who don’t agree with each other.

And in sorta non-political news:

* Church of England finally authorizes women to become bishops, which many other members of the Anglican Communion have been doing for years. First woman to serve as bishop in the U.S. Episcopal Church ordained a quarter-century ago.

As we break for lunch, here’s more vintage Ramones, with “Rockaway Beach.”

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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.