Well, it’s a very slow news day, and I am not quite as omniscient as Steve, but here are a few random items of interest you might have missed today in non-Iowa developments:

* The Money Behind the War on Voting: Think Progress reports that a group called the American Justice Partnership, a Michigan-based group which has frequently worked with the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) to promote “voter ID” laws, was the primary source of funding for an unsuccessful Maine ballot initiative to repeal same-day voter registration.

* Johnson Goes Public: Former New Mexico governor, and invisible GOP presidential candidate Gary Johnson has publicly launched his bid for the 2012 Libertarian Party nomination, undoubtedly a more congenial venue.

* Spinning Super-PACS: At the WSJ, Fred Barnes struggles to justify conservative Super-PACs as nothing more than an even-the-battlefield response to Big Labor. Nice try, Fred.

* Obama Approval Up: In case you missed it, Gallup’s daily presidential approval tracking poll yesterday showed the president at a five-month high of 46%. The number’s back down to 44% today.

* Gingrich Blames Failure to Get on Virginia Ballot on Fraud By Paid Volunteers: Yes, Virginia, Newt says a single hired hand turned in about 1,500 fraudulently signed registration forms. You mean it wasn’t ACORN?

* Cheetah Dies: The chimp who played Cheetah in early 1930s Tarzan movies has died in Florida, at an estimated age of 80. RIP, buddy.


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.