Got into an extended Twitter conversation with Nate Cohn and Jonathan Bernstein after my post on the relevance of early polling data. My schedule puts me at a big inherent disadvantage in such exchanges, but they are still fun.

Here are some more regularly scheduled midday news/views treats:

* George W. Bush says some things about his brother’s presidential campaign handicaps that Jeb probably could have done without.

* Very good–perhaps definitive–Ezra Klein take on Obama’s jokes at the Nerd Prom. Yes, POTUS was angry.

* Sandhya Somashekhar preview for WaPo of SCOTUS oral arguments tomorrow on marriage equality case.

* Andy Cuomo signals likely run for third term as governor in 2018.

* At the Plum Line, Paul Waldman deconstructs the Uranium One story and finds mostly innuendo.

And in sorta non-political news:

* Perils of Nerd Prom: WaPo columnist Helena Andrews spotted appearing to text during National Anthem. Her response that she was taking notes isn’t making criticism go away.

As we break for lunch, here’s Albert King playing probably his best-known tune: “I’ll Play the Blues For You.” Yes indeed, he did.

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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.