Felt the need for carbo-loading, and consumed a big bowl of pasta for brunch. Will likely regret it later, but in any event, here are some lighter snacks for you:

* It’s all-or-nothing for Mitt, says his wife: no future political races if he loses this one. Well, it’s not like he’s going to go back to Massachusetts and run for anything.

* 2d Circuit panel declares DOMA unconstitutional. Greg Sargent explains why it’s a big deal.

* More surprising tracking poll news from Gallup: Romney now up seven (52-45) among LVs in seven-day rolling average. But Obama daily job approval number back up to 50. Go figure.

* Weekly jobless claims up sharply after last week’s sharp drop; Labor Departments says both numbers mainly attributable to technical issues in measurement.

* Big Dog encapsulation of Romney message: “We messed it up, he didn’t fix it, put us back in.”

And in non-political news:

* British soccer star accepts 4-game suspension, $356,000 fine for use of abusive racial epithet during game.

Back after I run up and down the stairs a few times.

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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.