Another Monday spent in dangerous proximity to unhealthy leftovers from social event (Brunswick Stew, in this case). Fortunately, unlike some readers, I have power, and can freeze the tastiness until much later.

Here are some news bites:

* FT’s Munchau agrees with Krugman that Merkel actually prevailed at EU summit.

* Mitch McConnell doesn’t want to talk about the uninsured. As always, he’s such a nice guy.

* New Threat to Americas discerned by conservatives: Venezuela-Iran axis.

* Anderson Cooper casually comes out in letter to Andrew Sullivan. Not exactly big secret, but welcome nonetheless.

* Insanely hot weather mulled as possible factor in Texas GOP Senate runoff. What? Will Ted Cruz credit turnout-driven victory to carbon emissions?

And in non-political news:

* From frying pan to fire: Erin Andrews defects from ESPN to Fox Sports.

Back in a few.

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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.