What started out to be a reasonably lively news day got quiet this afternoon. But here are a few leftovers I managed to find:

* New polls of Wisconsin from PPP and Marquette Law School show steady Obama lead and tightening Senate race, though the former has Tommy Thompson in serious trouble in the Senate primary while the latter shows ol’ Tommy still in charge.

* Judge extends temporary order blocking implementation of Mississippi law aimed at shutting down state’s only abortion clinic.

* House passes ACA repeal measure yet again, with 5 Dems voting with the GOP.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer reports that even Ph.D’s in the sciences are struggling to find jobs.

* At Ten Miles Square, Austin Frakt provides a handy list of all the arguments being offered for and against states joining the Medicaid expansion.

And in non-political news;

* L.A. holds on to coveted title as U.S. city with worst traffic congestion.

I’ll set a second alarm tomorrow and see if I can wake up on time to give you fine folks some early news and views.


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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.