After a slow start this morning, I’m now already out of gas. Time to refuel.

* John Edwards’ name comes up in connection w/ latest New York prostitution ring scandal. His people deny it, but his denials ain’t what they used to be.

* Etch-a-Sketch manufacturer’s stock triples this morning. If Eric Fehrnstrom does get fired, there’s a job for him waiting there.

* George Will celebrates “creative destruction” as the Bain–er, excuse me, I mean the American–Way.

* Politico‘s Glenn Thrush lays out case for Biden ’16.

* Todd Leopold sifts through journalistic implications of Mike Daisy controversy.

* Georgia sets up ballot measure on constitutional amendment to expand charter schools.

And in non-political news:

* The Situation heads to rehab.

Back to blogging within the hour.

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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.