So far as I am concerned, the big political news of the day was the release of Washington Monthly‘s new College Rankings, the real rankings parents and Americans generally should consider as definitive. Paul Glastris did a PA post on this earlier today, but it bears repeating, and for that matter, a ducat in the hat would be helpful to make sure the U.S. News rankings don’t regain monopoly status.

Beyond that, here’s some final news items for the day:

* Wingnutosphere beginning to align with Paulites to fight rules changes that require state delegations reflecting primary and caucus results. Moving GOP forward to 1970s still controversial.

* Crist to speak at Dem convention. Sorry, I think apostates should sit out one convention.

* Kathleen Parker, apparent Rip Van Winkle, unloads on GOP’s positioning on reproductive rights issues.

* At Ten Miles Square, Harold Pollack summarizes surprisingly negative Economist takes on Romney.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer documents effects of pending sequestrations on federal higher ed funding.

And in non-political news:

* Huffpost summary of research on why puberty is occurring ever-earlier for girls.

Tomorrow we’ll have to deal with the actual beginning of the Republican National Convention. But it will be late, and probably light.

Selah.

Ed Kilgore

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.