It’s been a long morning during which a night’s restless sleep did not dispel my agitation about Paul Ryan’s speech, but life goes on. To calm myself, I read the fine new offering from the upcoming issue of the Washington Monthly by our interns Danny Vinik and Minjae Park on how to navigate repayment of student loans. It made be glad I’m past that particular part of my life.

Beyond that, here are some mid-day news items of interest:

* AP reports that analysis of thousands of people whose citizenship (and thus right to vote) challenged by Colorado’s Secretary of State hasn’t turned up single non-citizen so far.

* Atlantic‘s Molly Ball reports on the walkout of Ron Paul delegates during yesterday’s RNC session.

* WaPo’s Glenn Kessler feels need to preview “facts” likely to appear in Romney’s acceptance speech tonight.

* Brietbart writer calls Ryan speech a “fireside chat.” He’s got the “fire” part right, but it’s pants, not wood, that’s burning.

* New honcho at Cato Institute, vetted by angry Kochs, another big fan of Ayn Rand.

And in non-political news:

* Isaac just won’t let go of Gulf Coast; floods and tornadoes are today’s big threat.

Back after a few domestic chores.

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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.