After the driest January in a century or so, it’s raining on the central coast of California today and probably tomorrow.

Here are some toasty midday news/views snacks from the toaster oven:

* Jonathan Chait argues Obama’s made affordable child care the next great goal of American liberalism.

* MSNBC hits ratings slough; lineup changes very likely.

* Sirota reports Christie administration about to be hit with new federal corruption probe.

* At TNR, Elizabeth Stoker Bruenig notes Obama could have cited Bosnian and Rwandan atrocities as more recent examples of Christian behaving barbarically.

* Less than a week until the formal unveiling of your can’t miss gift for President’s Day.

And in non-political news:

* Airlines are not living up to their “wi-fi promises.” Tell me about it.

As we break for lunch, here’s Marley and the Wailers performing “No Woman, No Cry” in Boston in 1979.

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.