It’s been a relatively slow news day, if you aren’t interested in dog abuse stories, but here are a few items from the clipping room floor:

* Chris Cillizza shocked at Pew survey showing over half of Americans don’t know identity of Chief Justice.

* Catholic League threatens boycott of Daily Show over “vagina manger” joke.

* Ryan Lizza explains GOP secrecy on plans to eliminate Cabinet departments.

* Obama issues first of many-to-come warnings that government may shut down at end of September if deficit agreement abandoned.

* Florida judge recuses herself from Zimmerman case because of husband’s ties to CNN.

And in sad, non-political news: Dick Clark dies at 82.

I’m heading back to the courtroom for more voir dire fun. See you early tomorrow.


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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.