A real cats-and-dogs day for bloggers. And the random news continues:

* Louie Gohmert does it again: nominates Newt Gingrich to become Speaker in closed House GOP Caucus vote.

* Fed signals post-Operation Twist bond-buying program, citing need for growth boost.

* In call to donors, Mitt Romney blames defeat on Obama’s “gifts” to targeted constituencies. Ugh.

* Anti-austerity strikes and protests sweep across Europe.

* At Ten Miles Square, John Sides offers nifty chart on state divergences from the national swing between 2008 and 2012 presidential percentages. Turns out Alaska had the largest pro-Obama swing. Who knew?

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer discusses American Council on Education’s pilot project to determine whether free online courses might merit academic credit.

And in non-political news:

* Channing Tatum named People‘s 2012 “Sexiest Man Alive.” Never heard of him.

Back tomorrow with, I profoundly hope, more news. And if that fails, I’m ready to start writing about upcoming “struggle for the soul” of the Donkey Party.

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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.