Ah, such a spectacular sunrise this morning over Monterey Bay. It made me grateful my job causes me to get up early enough to see it. Would not have been the case for many years!

Here are some midday news/views items:

* Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) announces she’ll retire at end of 2016, which will produce wild scramble among California Dems long blocked from “moving up.”

* Despite talk of a possible upset, Vermont Democratic Gov. Peter Shumlin re-elected by legislature (required to choose in the event no candidate wins a majority) by comfortable margin over Republican Scott Milne.

* Charlie Hebdo planning giant run for next edition as police still search for murderers.

* Le Pen’s National Front already exploiting the Paris killings.

* Sabato publishes first list of “tiers” of possible candidates (21 of them!) for GOP presidential nomination; Jebbie occupies first tier alone.

And in non-political news:

* Quantas maintains “world’s safest airline” ranking.

As we break for lunch, here’s another birthday boy, David Bowie, performing one of his best 80s songs, “Modern Love.”

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.