You know, I really don’t miss suburban sprawl or blogging in traffic. Probably good to endure both now and then as a reminder.

Here are some less hectic midday news/views items:

* The Onion offers its own rankings of top 6 colleges. Very funny.

* Interesting Shane Goldmacher piece on feud between Rand Paul and powerful Kentucky congressman Hal Rogers.

* Ted Cruz stalks off stage at conference for Middle Eastern Christians after his identification of Israel with his hosts’ cause drew some boos.

* Utah Gov. Gary Herbert reports “conceptual” agreement between HHS and his state on Medicaid waiver to accompany expansion.

* Politico update on GOP rescue mission for Pat Roberts, or as campaign of Greg Orman calls it, a “mudslinging hit squad from Washington.”

And in non-political news:

* Oscar Pistorius cleared of murder charges by judge, but could still face homicide conviction.

As we break for lunch, here’s John Martyn performing “Spencer the Rover” in 1977.

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.