These sorta short weeks (measured by posting 7 times instead of 12 on Monday!) are a relief, but also confusing. It doesn’t feel very Tuesday. I’ll take remedial action in a moment.

Here are some more straightforward midday news/views treats:

* The ever-cynical Mitch McConnell continues to pretend popular Obamacare system in Kentucky has nothing to do with Obamacare.

* Scalia, Thomas and Ginsberg join in rare dissent, arguing SCOTUS should have reviewed drug sentencing discrepancy case.

* Hannah Rosen reviews Katha Pollitt’s important new book on reclaiming abortion rights as a social and moral positive.

* At the Prospect, Paul Waldman weighs pros and cons of Wendy Davis’ “wheelchair ad.”

* The Atlantic‘s Molly Ball diagnoses the fading prospects of Michigan GOP Senate candidate Terri Lynn Land.

And in non-political news:

* Football Outsidersadvanced stats rank Ole Miss and Mississippi State first and second, FSU 14th.

As we pause for lunch, I’d note it’s also Justin Hayward’s 68th birthday, so here are the Moody Blues performing the appropriate song: “Tuesday Afternoon.”

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.