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.”

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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.