Random news week will begin to concentrate on economy later this week, with second-quarter GDP numbers tomorrow and the July jobs report Friday. It’s another reason Obama is talking economic policy.
Here are some remains of the day:
* MoJo’s David Corn has more on Groundswell, and specifically its role in stoking the flames of Benghazi! Benghazi!
* Interesting headlines on Obama visit from dual editorial pages of Chattanooga Times Free Press: Times (representing tradition of paper that was the parent of the New York Times) says “Welcome, Mr. President: GOP Ads, Obstructionism Are Shameful.” Free Press: “Take your jobs plan and shove it, Mr. President: your politics have harmed Chattanooga enough.”
* NY State appeals court concurs with judge’s decision invalidating Michael Bloomberg’s Big Sugary Soda ban.
* Fast-food workers’ strikes spread to seven cities this week (Kansas City, St. Louis, Flint, New York, Chicago, Detroit and Milwaukee).
* At Ten Miles Square, Sarah Binder puts the Yellen-Summers competition for Fed chairman in a historical context of other “politicized” Fed selections.
* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer argues that cost advantages of MOOCs aren’t being accompanied by quality.
And in what should be non-political news:
* UN commemorates International Friendship Day.
That’s it for the day. By request, here’s an early Fugs release, from 1965: the original version of “Slum Goddess.”