Antibiotics are kicking in nicely, and the right side of my face no longer looks like Chris Christie’s. Bad news is that I have to go see an allergist, and I have visions of being told I have to move to Arizona or something. Anyway, here are some midday meds–er, news bites.

* Federal court panel tosses Texas’ entire congressional and legislative redistricting as violating Section 5 of Voting Right Act. Impact on November 6, unclear, but ruling could set up Supreme Court decision on constitutionality of VRA.

* Conservatives aflame w/ accusations CNN didn’t carry minority speakers live last night because they wanted to deny GOP diversity. That’s a hoot. Had convention managers (a) placed any of them in prime time, or (b) given them anything interesting to say, it wouldn’t have happened.

* In unintended self-parody, Romney campaign hosts top donor party on yacht called “Cracker Bay” flying Cayman flag.

* Ben Quayle loses to Dave Schweickert (and Club for Growth) in redistricting-driven incumbent-versus-incumbent GOP primary in AZ.

* KS Gov. Sam Brownback acknowledges welfare attack ads are probably false, then quickly changes subject.

And in non-political news:

* Isaac lingering on Louisiana Coast until tomorrow. Nearly ten inches of rain already in New Orleans. Flooding big problem.

Back in a bit, after figuring out my convention blogging schedule for tonight.

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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.