Often when I’m in New Orleans I stay indoors during the day to avoid the insane heat. This time it’s just blogging. Here are some final items from the day’s news:

* Hagel reported to be current front-runner for Pentagon.

* Greg Sargent wonders if Republicans even care about public opinion.

* Leahy pressing for clarification on administration’s intentions towards states legalizing pot.

* At Ten Miles Square, Jonathan Bernstein explains why district-based electoral college schemes aren’t going anywhere.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer reports on Texas Tech professor who is suing school for denying him tenure because of his opposition to tenure. Rough justice….

And in non-political news:

* Ali G. is back!

Back tomorrow for one more day of bloggy goodness before my week off.


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.