Il neige! Il neige bien forte!

Here are some snowy midday news/views snacks:

* Froomkin previews the “torture report,” such as it is.

* Brother Benen explains the bizarre GOP idea of blocking the 2015 State of the Union Address.

* Tom Harkin now thinks complexity of the Affordable Care Act indicates Democrats should have held out for single-payer.

* Ashton Carter now for sure being nominated for SecDef.

* At the Prospect, Paul Waldman points out criticisms of Obama’s passivity are not being heard much now.

And in non-political news:

* University of Alabama-Birmingham to close football program. Probably won’t happen at Tuscaloosa branch of that school.

As we break for lunch, here’s Black Sabbath performing “Iron Man” in 1970.

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.