Lunch Buffet

Glad to be back where pimiento cheese (or “‘menner cheese,” as it’s pronounced locally) is not a gourmet item. Here are some mid-day news munchies to go with that sandwich:

* On eve of Olympics, Brits get bad second quarter GDP numbers.

* Q-Pac survey shows New Yorkers loving Cuomo as governor, but greatly preferring HRC for president.

* Obama aggressively defending Planned Parenthood on campaign trail. Slight departure from past national Dem evasions on “social issues.”

* Good TPM backgrounder on anti-Muslim zealot Frank Gaffney’s influence with Michele Bachmann.

* TNR’s Nate Cohn takes closer look at Obama’s surprising strength in North Carolina.

And in non-political news:

* Want to read about someone with an uphill challenge? Try Bill O’Brien’s efforts to keep Penn State football players from leaving town.

Back after a chore or two.

Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore, a Monthly contributing editor, is a columnist for the Daily Intelligencer, New York magazine’s politics blog, and the managing editor for the Democratic Strategist.