BEATING THE DRUM… The Washington Post has nominated Political Animal for a best blog award in the “outside the Beltway” category. Congratulations, Kevin! Our Washington Monthly colleague Joshua Micah Marshall’s site Talking Points Memo has also been nominated in two categories, including best “inside the Beltway” blog. It’s a readers choice award, so if you want to vote for Kevin and Josh, go here .

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Paul Glastris is the editor in chief of the Washington Monthly. A former speechwriter for President Bill Clinton, he is writing a book on America’s involvement in the Greek War of Independence.