Man, what a difficult day! But here are some good reads you might enjoy while your blogger gets his act together:

* Igor Volsky outs Snowe and Collins (along with four retired GOP senators) as having supported a federal contraceptive services mandate.

* Matthew Bowman explores the well-known LDS tradition of private-sector social welfare activism that might make Romney care about the “very poor,” but not via public programs.

* E.J. Graff digs into the backstory of the 9th Circuit Prop 8 decision, and why many marriage equality advocates consider it a sideshow.

* Doubling down on the “war on religion” meme, Ricky Santorum claims Obama wants to force Catholic Church to ordain women as priests. Wish it was that easy, Rick!

* Newt heads to Golden State to raise cash. Guess Adelson’s checkbook has limits.

* QPac poll, usually not very favorable to Obama, shows POTUS leading Mitt in VA despite negative job approval ratings.

And, in case politics isn’t absurd enough for you:

* HuffPost Celebrity commemorates five-year anniversary of the death of Anna Nicole Smith.

Other than monitoring polls and jibber-jabber, I’m not expecting much overnight. But don’t expect issues with Thursday blogging!


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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.