I’m on the hospital vending machine diet at present, but there are, after the sleepy weekend, some news treats:

* Rep. Thaddeus McCotter–the man, the legend–bumped from August primary ballot due to insufficient petitions; will run for re-election as write-in candidate.

* It’s always something: birthers shifting attention to Obama’s college transcripts.

* Other shoe drops: Corey Booker’s communications director resigns.

* Think you’re having a bad year? Sen. Mark Kirk, recovering from stroke, is accused by ex-wife of breaking campaign finance laws with girlfriend.

* Story of our lives: U.S. manufacturing up, real wages down.

And in non-political news:

CNN asks: What’s a realistic retirement age? I’ve been figuring it’ll be the age on my tombstone.

Back in just a while.

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.