As hinted earlier, I had a bad and relatively sleepless night, for no particular reason. So we’re catching up with the schedule a bit late, no thanks to a news day vitiated by the formal beginning of the August Miasma (a.k.a. recess).

Here are some mid-day news/views items of varying quality:

* Interesting: Paulite state party chief invites Ted Cruz back to Iowa for a second major fundraiser.

* Rick Scott launches another purge of Florida voter files to eliminate minority folk suspected of being noncitizens. Last such purge was an outrageous fiasco.

* IBT media buys what’s left of Newsweek, freeing the Daily Beast of its zombie presence.

* At Plum Line, Jonathan Bernstein explains “silly season” story of RNC threats aimed at CBS and CNN for airing programming about Hillary Clinton.

* Nancy Mace, potentially the most dangerous of Lindsey Graham’s primary opponents, formally announces for the Senate.

And in non-political news:

* Twelve more players accept 50-game suspension by MLB in Biogenesis case; A-Rod’s fate will be announced later today.

Here’s Taj with the Allman Brothers performing a phenomenal song about a musician making a strategic retreat to the road: “Leaving Trunk.”

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Back in a bit.

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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.