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It’s taking me a few hours to readjust to the Pacific Time Zone after a week-and-a-half in Georgia, and over there in the corner is a television that’s tempting me with Olympics coverage. But I’ll try to stay focused, so here are some midday news morsels:

* New Q-Pac poll of likely voters in FL, OH and PA shows Obama hitting the magic 50% number in all three. That should keep Republican-landslide-in-the-making spinners busy for a few hours.

* Twitter launches “Twitter Political Index” that will seek to reach conclusions about the “pulse” of the presidential election based on “sentiment analysis” of every single Tweet. Sounds like a really bad idea to me.

* Ted Cruz serves the now-ideologically-obligatory Chick-fil-A at victory party.

* Speaking of Texas Republicans, final PPP poll of Senate race showed Rick Perry’s political standing among GOPers took a big hit from Dewhurst campaign.

* Palin accuses Cheney of echoing “lamestream media” criticisms of her record. Go ahead, Sarah, just call him a RINO.

And in non-political news:

* Two words we never expected to see together: “Badminton Scandal.”

Back in a short while.

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.