Another long day of dealing with redundant political confusion and mendacity. Somebody has to do it. Here are some leftovers:

* Appropriately, Micah Cohen’s Presidential Geography Series at 538 addresses Missouri, which has been trending steadily Republican, but not necessarily as far Right as Todd Akin.

* At Ten Miles Square, Michael Kinsley offers a hilarious and terrifying vision of Paul Ryan going the full-frontal Howard Roark as vice-president.

* New York Times‘ Annie Lowrey analyzes debate within Fed over further quantitative easing. Doesn’t sound promising for action.

* RNC Rules Committee toughens penalties on calendar-jumping states for 2016.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer reports on test-score-reporting cheating by my undergraduate alma mater, Emory University. You didn’t need to cheat, so why do it?

And in non-political news:

* Entrepreneurial ex-Navy SEAL in Minnesota gives nerds chance to reenact killing of Osama bin Laden with paintballs.

That’s it for today. If you haven’t already, please read the Sneak Preview of Stephen Burd’s fine article on student loan repo men.

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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.