A sorta short week, and compared to last week, a quiet one (unless you are a Republican who thinks the June Jobs Report ended the election). But who knows what future news is embedded in today’s leftovers?

* Great quote from 7th Circuit Court of Appeals judge and legal titan Richard Posner: “I’ve become less conservative since the Republican Party started becoming goofy.”

* Ralph Nader pitches fit over “cowering” Democrats. I’ll listen when you apologize for 2000, Ralph.

* Jordan Weissmann of The Atlantic notes that public sector has shed 169,000 workers just in last year.

* Trump hints scheduling issues might keep him from making big speech in Tampa. Romney can only hope so.

* The Adocate, which has not endorsed a presidential candidate in its 45-year history, endorses Barack Obama.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer discusses the difference between educational innovation and technology-based gadgetry.

And in non-political news:

* Happy 77th birthday to the Dalai Lama!

I am pleased to greet a new Weekend Blogger: Ben Jacobs, who’s written for Newsweek/Daily Beast, the Boston Globe, and Salon. Please welcome Ben warmly.


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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.