There wasn’t a lot of what you’d call hard news today, but there was plenty to talk about. Here are some leftovers:

* Senate passes Violence Against Women Act renewal, with some concessions from Democrats. Now the Republican-controlled House, where violence is popular and women not so popular, must figure out what to do.

* Krugman savages FT editorial defending British austerity measures. He’s really on fire this week.

* Mark Blumenthal unveils cool new HuffPost interactive map on state-by-state presidential polling results.

* More Romney campaign thundering about Russkie threat. I’m confused; I though we were supposed to be worrying about ChiComs.

* Very strange Karl Rove column confessing he opposed Cheney Veep nomination, but now realizes he was dead wrong! What’s next? Admitting he should have never pushed for immigration reform?

And in non-political news:

* Survey reveals best seat on a plane is 6A; worst is 31E. I’m assuming this excludes first class; I hear rumors those seats are really nice.

Battling another deadline, but will be back early tomorrow. I hope Paul Ryan can go a day without enraging me with some fresh horror of a pronouncement.


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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.