News cycle accelerated a bit today, with nice late-day boost of French politics! Here’s what’s left:

* Allen West comes to defense of Ted Nugent. Quite a character witness, eh?

* Marco Rubio, still denying any interest in Veep nomination, says in interview: “”If in four to five years, if I do a good job as vice president—I’m sorry, as senator—I’ll have the chance to do all sorts of things.”

* Very weird developing story about Huntsman PAC, a missing $200k, and finger-pointing between former candidate’s wife and his consultants.

* WV Republican Senate candidate John Raese compares anti-smoking regs to Nazi requirement that Jews wear yellow star. Is Mark Block his campaign manager?

* GOPers alleging “backroom deal” whereby Maine’s indie Senate candidate Angus King will caucus with Democrats. Aim is apparently to peel off conservatives from King’s giant lead in polls.

And in non-political news:

Oh, no! The Band’s Levon Helm dies at 71. I’ll miss the brilliant old rascal.

Now I’m bearing down on TNR column about evangelicals, Mitt and the LDS. See you bright and early tomorrow.


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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.