No, I don’t know exactly what those donors in Boston were saying to the president, either, but I really doubt they were expressing displeasure with his policies. With that out of the way, here are some news leftovers:

* Rand Paul is holding a flood insurance bill hostage to a demand that he be allowed to offer a fetal personhood amendment. Man, the Republican focus on the economy is a wonder to behold.

* Amidst the GOP chortling that Claire MacCaskill is skipping the Democratic convention to distance herself from her godless socialist party, Blue Girl points out labor/LGBT unhappiness over the Charlotte site may have been a significant factor in the decision.

* Good one, Joe: “You got to give Romney credit,” Biden said. “He’s a job creator – in Singapore, China, India. He’s been very good at creating jobs, overseas.”

* Reid and McConnell announce they’ve reached deal on student loan interest rates, but House GOPers aren’t on board yet.

* Jamelle Bouie reports Teresa Sullivan reinstated as UVa president.

And in non-political news:

* Orbitz steers Mac users to pricier travel options. This illustrates common fallacy that people who paid more for something have more money left.

Time for an array of domestic chores I’ve been ignoring. But at this week’s pace, doubt I’ll miss much news before sunup. Yeah, I know, it will all change Thursday.


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.