As is often the case on Mondays, half the chattering classes are clearing their throats about the stuff they want to discuss this week while the other half are just catching up. But here are some odds and ends:

* The strange hit-and-run incident involving Commerce Secretary John Bryson remains shrouded in mystery, though it appears no substance abuse was involved; most reports suggest he may have had a seizure or seizures.

* Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council, who is someone Mitt Romney would never dare criticize, compares Gay Pride Month to “Adultery Pride Month” or “Drunkenness Pride Month.” For Tony, every month is Ignorant Bigot Pride Month and Jesus Wept Month.

* Fed estimates the Great Recession wiped out 40% of median net worth of American families. Thanks, W., thanks Wall Street.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer suggests use of “magic pill” stimulants by high school students trying to get into college won’t abate until colleges stop relying so heavily on SAT/GPA formulas.

* At Ten Miles Square, Jonathan Bernstein’s judgment on “private-sector economy is fine” line by Obama: “real gaffe, doesn’t affect November outcome.”

And in non-political news:

* Tony Awards ratings tanked. Since it was up against Mad Men finale, many viewers may ask for re-do.

Well, my stepdad’s remains were laid to rest today at the veterans’ cemetery in Canton, Georgia, after a brief but touching military/religious ceremony. I’ll be back to regular blogging tomorrow for the foreseeable future. Thanks one more time to Ryan and the crew for all the help.


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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.