Here are some assorted items that eluded blogging today:

* PPP poll shows Obama running even with Romney, and ahead of Santorum, Gingrich and Paul, in AZ general election trial heat.

* Bachmann to move to safer district after new MN congressional map places her in same district with Democrat Betty McCollum.

* The power of mockery: SNL skit may have played role in McDonnell retreat on VA ultrasound bill.

* Buddy Roemer drops out of GOP race (long after dropping out of sight); says he’ll run for nomination of barely-breathing Reform Party.

* IAEA negotiators leave Iran without deal on nuclear program.

All eyes will be on tonight’s 8:00-9:30 (EST) GOP candidate debate in AZ, sponsored by CNN. I may offer a post during or after the debate if things get weird; otherwise I’ll have a full report tomorrow morning.


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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.