I’m already excited about reading more of Perlstein’s The Invisible Bridge (I started last night) after finishing work today. Now I also have the added incentive of the long-waited Bill Connelly profile of my Georgia Bulldogs.

Here are some other midday news/views items to lunch and munch on:

* Former PA weekend blogger Kathleen Geier is keeping busy. Check out a roundtable she is moderating at The Nation‘s The Curve subsite about feminist perspectives on Picketty. She’s also organizing a conference on workplace equality for The Baffler.

* RCP’s Adam O’Neal has an interesting story on the impact of the immigration/border issue on Arizona’s highly competitive Republican gubernatorial contest. Though the governor cannot do much about any of it, that hasn’t stopped the candidates from posturing.

* Like a lot of us, TPM’s Josh Marshall is wondering what happened to the powerful Kurdish Peshmerga militia we’ve all heard about for so long.

* Actual beginning of U.S. airstrikes against ISIS announced early this morning by Pentagon–on Twitter.

* If you want more details on tomorrow’s Hawaii primary, check out the preview from Daily Kos Elections.

And in non-political news:

* Cat deployed in Reston, VA with special collar to find unsecured WiFi connections to access for free.

As we break for lunch, thanks to commenter Flydoc for reminding me of this “novelty song” from the period leading up to Nixon’s resignation: The Creep (an allusion to the Committee To Reelect the President) performing “Haldeman, Erlichman, Mitchell and Dean.” Very catchy, actually.

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.