HOUSEKEEPING NOTE…. It occurred to me that a reader, just returning from vacation, may start checking in on the blogs this morning and ask, “Was there a game of blogosphere musical chairs while I was gone?”

Well, sort of. If you’ve been out of the loop, Kevin Drum, after several fantastic years here at the Washington Monthly, has a new blog at Mother Jones. I’ve moved from The Carpetbagger Report to here. Hilzoy is joining me here at the Political Animal, cross-posting items from Obsidian Wings.

Depending on how long your vacation has been, you may also be interested to know that Ta-Nehisi Coates is now at The Atlantic, and Matt Yglesias has moved from The Atlantic to the Center for American Progress, and Blue Girl has abandoned Blogger and is now blogging at They Gave Us a Republic.

Also, in case readers are wondering, I won’t be attending either major party convention this year, but Hilzoy is going to be in Denver this week.

And now, back to the news….

Steve Benen

Follow Steve on Twitter @stevebenen. Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.