Today’s the deadline for my draft of a book about the midterm elections, and I’ll be sending the sucker in directly. Thanks so much to Martin–and to the newest member of the PA blogging team, Nancy LeTourneau–for the respite necessary to finish this draft, and a million thanks to my wife for writing all the endnotes and helping with countless other tasks. I’ll let you know if and when the book comes out; for all I know the editor will aim it at the nearest recycling bin, but let’s hope not!

Here are some midday news/views treats:

* David Brooks says some wise and brave things about racism and Ferguson before, of course, hedging his bets.

* Florida Democrats look at shifting election of statewide offices to presidential election years. An excellent idea.

* Obama’s approval rating among Latinos jumps during the last week.

* SCOTUS hearing arguments today in social media First Amendment case.

* Republican congressional staffer resigns after writing Facebook post dissing Obama daughters.

And in non-political news:

* Gray Cup broken by celebrating Calgary Stampeders.

As we break for lunch, here’s another song about “December,” from Collective Soul (with the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra.

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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.