Nothing like staring at a couple of polls to get you through a slow-news afternoon. But here are a few additional items, some from other parts of our site.

* AP fact checkers conclude Mitt Romney’s tenure at Bain Capital did indeed run well past the 1999 cutoff he’s always cited. So it would seem he’s not a felon, but maybe a bit of a liar.

* At Ten Miles Square, Jonathan Zasloff says there’s a simple reason progressives lost interest in gun control: violent crime went down and stayed down.


*Also at Ten Miles Square, Harold Pollack looks at evidence correlating loose gun laws with high levels of suicide.

* At College Guide, A. Garry Shillig evaluates all the effects of the current economy on the future of higher education finaning, and finds them mostly very negative.

* In entirely symbolic vote, Senate passes Democratic plan for dealing with Bush tax cuts (51-48, with Lieberman and Webb defecting) and rejects GOP plan 45-54 (Collins and Brown voted “nay” while Pryor voted “yea”).

And in non-political news:

* Ooops! North Korean women’s soccer team stages walkout after South Korean flag shown on big screen as they were introduced.

So we’ll move along to the shank of the week, and hope Mitt Romney’s staff keeps serving up entertaining non-for-attribution quotes!


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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.