Slept nine hours last night. So naturally, I’m nodding off at my computer. Also had big breakfast and am now ravening beast. Go figure.

Here are some midday news/views items for every appetite:

* Annie Lowrey notes that Washington’s economy has cooled off even as the rest of the country’s has recovered.

* Krugman warns that monetary policy lunacy has spread far beyond Rand Paul in the GOP.

* Tributes pour in for New York Times media critic David Carr, who died suddenly last night at 58.

* I’m guessing conservatives will begin calling for Justice Ginsburg’s resignation now that’s she’s admitted she was not “100% sober” during SOTU, at which she appeared drowsy. But let it be noted Anthony Kennedy supplied the wine.

* Anyone surprised by Scott Walker’s “punt” on question about evolution hasn’t spent much time around grassroots conservative activists.

And in non-political news:

* Star LB recruit who challenged letter-of-intent system after UCLA coach lied to him about NFL job offer now going to Georgia–but still won’t sign LOI, which could start a trend.

As we break for lunch, there are a lot of rock-n-roll birthdays today, including Henry Rollins, Peter Tork, and Peter Gabriel. But let’s feature another Peter–Joy Division and New Order co-founder Peter Hook. Here’s Joy Division performing “Shadowplay” in their British TV debut in 1978.

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.