Heading back to California this afternoon, and hoping the allergy attack I’m experiencing goes away somewhere over the Rockies.
Here are some hypo-allergenic midday news/views treats:
* A participant in the Texas Textbook Wars explains the baleful influence of David Barton on what kids learn about U.S. history.
* At TNR, John Judis provides a backgrounder on Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, the anti-immigration activist who’s in danger of losing re-election in November.
* Yes, she’s being criticized for encouraging binge drinking, but MoJo’s Tim Murphy figures Mary Landrieu’s participation in an LSU “keg stand” helped her Looziana street cred.
* Conservative blogosphere just can’t help itself: NFL domestic violence incidents interpreted as part of liberal war on masculinity.
* Greg Sargent argues alleged “rift” between Obama and military leaders over how to proceed in Iraq and Syria has been overblown.
And in non-political news:
* McDonald’s rolling out condiment customization as cure for sales woes.
As we break for lunch, here’s Leonard Cohen performing his early-90s hit “The Future” live in London.