I’m really struggling today, sports fans, after a largely sleepless flu-ridden night. I should be over this by Monday, but forgive me my shortcomings today.

Here are some midday news/views munchies:

* TNR’s Danny Vinik documents the Tea Folks’ steady disillusionment with Paul Ryan.

* MSNBC’s Irin Carmon explains the Obama administration’s new “accomodations” to contraception coverage mandate.

* Lurid Republican ideas about child refugees continue to escalate, as Iowa GOP National Committeewoman Tamara Scott suggests the children could have been sent into U.S. as “highly trained warriors.”

* Bibi Netayahu may be target of criminal investigation of leak of high-level military briefing on costs of reoccupying Gaza.

* At the Prospect, Peter Montgomery explains why Dinesh D’Souza’s racist fantasy is at top of bestseller list.

And in non-political news:

* Jell-O sales continue to melt.

As we break for lunch, here’s more Robert Junior Lockwood with “Mean Black Spider.”

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.