Little did I know nine days ago when I was driving through northern Missouri seeing all those Todd Akin signs that I was seeing the name of the Next New National Political Sensation! It’s been a very weird week so far. Here’s what I’ve got left over:

* New Pew survey shows large and gradually increasing public misgivings about Ryan’s approach to Medicare.

* WaPo’s Greg Sargent notes from earlier polling that Ryan is also very vulnerable on his approach to education policy.

* Bad news for EPA’s authority to regulate power plant emissions in 2-1 decision by DC Court of Appeals panel.

* At College Guide, Georgetown professor Erik Voeten mulls (and asks reader feedback about) possible ban on classroom laptops and tablets.

* At Ten Miles Square, Jonathan Zasloff notes some of the many uncomfortable questions Todd Akin has inadvertently raised about conservative ideology.

And in non-political news:

* Georgia Health Sciences University lab tech found drunk, with pants down, and surrounded by monkeys. Helluva party.

Speaking of Georgia: there are runoff elections in my home state today, including two good, vicious GOP congressional contests. I’ll have results 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.