It rained again overnight! I could really get used to this.

Here are some wonderfully soggy midday news/views treats:

* Harry Reid asks Elizabeth Warren to join leadership as liaison to progressives.

* James Inhofe argues that China’s agreement to emissions goals all a ruse aimed at making U.S. dependent on their electricity.

* Ben Carson to keynote annual dinner of Iowa Family Leader, the dominant Christian Right group in the state; ticket sales are boffo.

* At the Prospect, Dana Goldstein examines the foreshadowing of the controversy over Teach for America in the National Teacher Corps.

* At the Atlantic, Peter Beinart discusses the obsession of conservatives with the rhetoric of “restoration.”

And in non-political news:

* Warren Buffet buys Duracell.

As we break for lunch, here’s Steeleye Span at the 1987 Philadelphia Folk Festival performing “King Henry,” an ode to the power of chivalry.

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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.