So I’m going to have to finish reading God, Guns, Grits and Gravy this weekend and write a review. Hope your weekend plans are more pleasant.

Here are some midday treats that do not include grits or gravy:

* Democrats to hold 2016 convention (unclear where) week after GOP confab, in July. More about that later.

* Obama and Kerry making it clear Netanyahu speech to Congress in March better be “toned down.”

* No substantive leaks from Bush/Romney meet in Utah yesterday, except that it was “gentlemanly.”

* Early estimates of next census show red states picking up two House seats and blue states losing four. A lot could change, though.

* Leave it to Sarah Palin to use “deflategate” to question manhood of GOP leadership.

And in non-political news:

* Expedia buys Travelocity for $280 million. Gnomes presumably included.

As we break for lunch, here’s Django Reinhardt performing “Minor Swing” in 1937.

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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.