Crazy morning what with the smell of elite fear on every breeze. As long as these birds don’t tank the stock markets and ruin everybody’s 401(k)s, it’s kinda fun.

Here are some less emotional midday news/views treats:

* Ta-Nehisi Coates does it again: a phenomenal must-read on mass incarceration in the context of the damage already done to the African-American family by the U.S. government, on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Moynihan Report.

* New CBS/NYT national poll shows Trump and Carson corralling exactly half the GOP vote; Bush, Huck and Rubio tied for 3d at a booming 6%; Walker way down at 2%.

* In PPP survey of Florida, Trump trouncing Jeb 55/38 in head-to-head matchup. Wow.

* At the Plum Line, Paul Waldman notes that $15 trillion of the $18 trillion WSJ estimate of the cost of Bernie Sanders’ proposals is 10-year cost of a single payer bill Bernie has not endorsed.

* Mike Tomasky offers HRC some good advice about addressing inequality from the perspective of its victims, not its perpetrators.

And in non-political news:

* I won’t be watching this season of Dancing With the Stars (the season with–briefly–Tom DeLay can never be topped), but here’s a recap of the first week if you are interested.

As we break for lunch, here’s Snooky Pryor with “Snooky’s Blues,” as performed at the Chicago Blues Festival in 1991.

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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.