After staying up late watching college football last night (Ole Miss/Boise State and Rutgers/Wazzu, not the astounding dumpster fire in Columbia that was on the SEC Network), I kinda hoped for one of those rich news days where the post topics would just fall into my lap like overripe fruit. No such luck. I will not descend to a post on Chelsea Clinton’s departure from NBC, but there could be some awkward pauses this afternoon.

Here are some midday barrel-scrapings:

* TN Gov. Bill Haslam allows as how he’ll send HHS some sort of Medicaid expansion proposal some time “this fall.” That’s probably about the only “momentum” we’ll see from Pennsylvania’s deal earlier this week.

* Chuck Todd’s departure from Today marred by weird segments involving delayed Skype images and awkward pauses where banter was supposed to occur.

* Elizabeth Warren comments on Gaza disappointing a lot of her lefty fans.

* Greg Sargent notes Dems going back to 2012 Medicare message focusing on Ryan budget.

* At Salon Brittney Cooper blasts Al Sharpton as out of touch with rising generation of black activists.

And in non-political news:

* Car brand now ranked at bottom in customer satisfaction is: Acura. Woulda never guessed that.

As we pause for lunch, let’s continue the nautical theme with a famous song from one of my favorite bands: Procol Harum’s “A Salty Dog,” performed in 1971.

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.