So I’m off schedule today thanks to a medical appointment, but that also means some news tidbits have gradually come out of the oven:

* Romney picks up expected endorsement of Lech Walesa–not a very popular figure in Poland these days but presumably still an eyebrow-raiser among certain American voters.

* ThinkProgress takes a look at that mandatory, government-backed universal health care system in Israel that Mitt praised so extravagantly.

* In what might have been a surprising development a few months ago, draft Democratic platform reportedly includes marriage equality commitment.

* In even less of a surprise, Bill Clinton chosen to make main prime-time economic case for Obama in Charlotte.

* Matt Yglesias notes that people wanting to keep Chick-fil-A out of their cities could probably do so simply by requiring fast-food restaurants to stay open seven days a week.

And in non-political news:

* So as to avoid any Olympics spoilation, will just offer link to latest medal standings.

Back very soon.

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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.