Going to wrap up a few minutes early today, since I’ve hit my normal quota of posts and most readers are probably either watching the Olympics festivities or participating in their own TGIF revels. But there are a few news items of interest for those of you whose appetite is unsated:

* Rep. Corrine Brown announces suit to block reduction of early voting opportunities in Florida.

* Family values maven Rick Santorum criticizes Freeh Report, sympathizes with Penn State.

* Turns out there were two Churchill busts in the White House! One’s still there. Is Mitt going to insist one’s not enough? How will job-creators react?

* At Ten Miles Square, Seth Masket looks at history and suggests likely 2012 GDP growth levels are consistent with–you guessed it–really close election.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer reports on Notre Dame students making theological argument for accepting contraception coverage mandate.

And in non-political news:

* Survey suggests city with largest quantity of workplace cursing is Washington, DC. New York demands a recount.

So that’s it for me this week. I’ll be making the rounds of relatives tomorrow and Sunday, dodging insane heat and violent thunderstorms, no doubt. Ryan Cooper will be in the house for Weekend Blogging, and he’s always fun. Oh, and Go Team USA!


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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.