Most of today’s political “news” (with the major exception of the subject of my last post) actually represented discussion of stuff that happened over the weekend. But hope springs eternal for a fresh Romney gaffe or a spirited fight in the House, before we get on to a couple of primaries, and then, in the last part of the week, the July Jobs Report. Here are some leftover from today’s chatter:

* Chait gives us a journalistic history of the Newsweek “Wimp Factor Cover” tradition.

* Here we go down the rabbit hole: federal judge rules in favor of Judicial Watch procedural motion in case involving demand for Justice Department documents on New Black Panther Party case. Expect some non sequitur headlines tomorrow.

* At Ten Miles Square, John Sides answers questions posed by WaPo’s Dan Balz about the remaining weeks of the presidential contest.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer reports college financial officers are upbeat because they’re figuring out new and better ways to make students bear higher percentage of costs.

* Damage Control? Israeli president Shimon Peres and Defense Minister Ehud Barak heap praise on Israel’s relationship with Barack Obama.

And in non-political news:

* Penn State plants trees in former site of Paterno statue.

Time to figure out whether to watch taped Olympics highlights tonight or just read spoilers and do something else.


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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.