I’m on a bit of an accelerated blogging schedule today because I’m flying to Georgia to help deal with a (non-emergency) family medical situation. So here are some early midday news/views treats fresh from the oven:

* Jeb Bush will make his first Iowa appearance of the cycle in Des Moines on March 7 at a bipartisan cattle call.

* David Axelrod’s memoir will among other things reveal Obama’s irritated reaction to Mitt Romney’s 2012 concession call, which seemed to congratulate the president for a heroic effort to turn out the black vote. Don’t think Mitt mentioned Obamaphones, but not totally sure.

* Influential conservative evangelical voice within the Church of England comes out as gay, will now promote acceptance of LGBT folk.

* Iranian president hints that nuclear deal with the West is getting closer to fruition.

* Greg Sargent reports House Democrats mulling a statement requesting that Bibi Netanyahu delay his speech to Congress.

And in non-political news:

* National Signing Day for college football prospects arrives; Alabama expected to ink top class yet again.

As we break for lunch, here’s the first Alice Cooper song I ever heard, from their (the name was for the whole band, not just the lead singer, back then) forgotten first album, Pretties For You. The song is “Reflected,” not “Refelcted” as the YouTube poster indicated.

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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.