A few random items from the clipping-room floor:

* Asked about whether his boss ever asked Donald Trump for an endorsement, White House press secretary Jay Carney replied: “I’m not going to comb over that question!”

* In other Trump reactions, conservative columnist Phillip Klein says Romney’s embrace of the celebrity tycoon “his biggest blunder.”

* Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, a former seven-term Republican congressman, calls the House GOP’s reauthorization bill the “worse transporation bill I’ve ever seen in 35 years of public service.” That would date back to the Carter administration.

* Turns out the Palestinian-American whose question to GOP candidates in a televised debate launched them on a Muslim-bashing tirade is in fact, like a significant minority of Palestinians, a Christian.

* Matt Yglesias notes that since users create much of its “product,” Facebook arguably has 800 million employees. They just don’t get paid.

And in cultural news, sort of:

* Atlas Shrugged, Part II due to hit movie screens before the November elections. Budget should be low, since it will probably involve Galt character standing at a radio mike and delivering his 60-page speech til the credits roll.

For tomorrow, still plan to write about Marco Rubio’s “conscience exception” bill after I can absorb John Boehner’s argument that coverage mandate is unconstitutional. Beyond that, we’ll just see what strange news the morning brings. There’s been a lot of that lately.


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.