Looking forward to a semi-long weekend. Hope you don’t mind me sleeping in until 5:45 or so on Memorial Day.

Here are some drowsy midday news/views treats:

* Mike Huckabee makes some pretty thin excuses for the Duggar family’s behavior in the sexual abuse case involving son Josh and certain of his sisters. Soon he’ll be claiming it’s another act of persecution of Christians.

* Krugman argues Obama administration is being uncharacteristically dishonest in case it’s making for TPP.

* At TNR, Aoife Moriarty reviews the public opinion research on the Irish marriage equality referendum, which shows “yeas” with small majority.

* IS taking responsibility for suicide bombing attack on Shi’a mosque in Saudi Arabia, an especially sensitive symbolic target.

* At the Plum Line Paul Waldman speculates that MSM types fully share conservative fury at indifference to scandal coverage from Clinton and from the public.

And in non-political news:

* Looks like El Nino will bring rain (maybe even flooding) to California and fewer hurricanes and tornadoes to the rest of the country, beginning this fall.

As we break for lunch, here’s the Smiths performing the semi-signature “Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now” in Germany in 1984.

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.