Yes, I’m looking out the window right now at wet pavement. It rained. Now we’ll probably get another 100 days of drought before El Nino arrives.

Here are some delightfully hydrating midday news/views treats:

* Trump pledges to send back refugees to Syria. What a guy.

* Linda Greenhouse discusses the loneliness of John Roberts now that conservatives are rejecting judicial restraint for Lochnerism. It would be tiny violin time if the consequences were not so serious.

* GOP members of Benghazi! committee not real pleased with McCarthy bragging about its impact on HRC’s “numbers.” They’re just nonpartisan truth-seekers, doncha know.

* Meanwhile, TNR’s Brian Beutler suggests McCarthy’s already promising conservatives fiscal brinkmanship for December.

* A tough voter ID law collides with budget-driven closure of driver’s license offices by–of course–a Republican administration in Alabama.

And in non-political news:

* Court documents in latest case involving polygamist FLDS suggests select “seed bearers” chosen by church to impregnate–perhaps by rape–women to whom they are not married.

As we break for lunch, here’s George “Wild Child” Butler with “My Baby Done Put Me Down.” Love the interplay between LaFayette Leake on piano and Jimmy Dawkins on guitar.

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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.