So at the moment I’m sitting in the lobby of an airport hotel, getting ready to watch a rebroadcast of the 2011 Georgia-Florida football game. Since I know who won, it’s a very low-risk viewing option. But on a day still dominated by disussion of the new Romney-Ryan ticket, here are some selected leftover news items:

* Another shooting, this one in College Station, Texas, near the campus of Texas A&M University. A law enforcement officer, apparently trying to serve eviction notice, was killed along with the shooter and a bystander.

* Egypt’s new elected president sacks key military leaders, including defense minister. Hard to say if it represents natural next step towards civilian government or something more ideological, though some U.S. conservatives naturally claiming it’s an Islamist Coup.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer reports that Paul Ryan supports cuts in federal higher ed subsidies except for those benefitting for-profit schools.

* Daniel Larison’s extensive review of Ryan’s foreign policy record suggests he’s entirely a product of The World According To W.

* Tom Baxter notes this is just second presidential election since 1972 with no southerner on either party’s ticket.

And in non-political news:

* Helen Gurley Brown dies at 90.

Time to head back to the Central Coast after six days on the road. I should be back to normal blogging tomorrow.


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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.