Did a radio appearance on a Portland station this morning. Wonder if Carrie Brownstein was listening? Nah, probably not.

Here are some midday news/views treats:

* Digby reports and comments on Lindsey Graham’s frank acknowledgement that antichoicers have a problem with rape definitions.

* Sarah Posner discusses antichoice activists’ reaction to the House leadership’s decision to pull plug on “their” abortion ban bill.

* Long-time New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver taken into custody to face wide-ranging federal corruption charges.

* Alec MacGillis argues Obama’s tax proposals have set a trap for Republicans, who will reflexively defend privileges for the very wealthy.

* HRC proto-campaign apparently planning “shock and awe” financial commitments to accompany her formal announcement of candidacy.

And in non-political news:

* “Deflategate” (hey, I was using that yesterday!) roiling entire NFL as Belichick denies he knew anything about use of under-inflated footballs by his team.

As we break for lunch, here’s Hunter and Ronson performing “F.B.I.” in 1980.

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.