So Iowa governor Terry Branstad says he’ll be neutral in the district convention–stuffed with his friends–that will choose the GOP nominee for a swing House district. Do you believe that? Me neither.

* White House releases “fact sheet” on student loans to begin rollout of new presidential proposals.

* Puckett withdraws name from consideration from VA tobacco commission amidst firestorm of “corrupt bargain” charges. But his daughter will still get her judgeship.

* Las Vegas cop-killers were white supremacists contemplating a Columbine-style mass shooting.

* At Ten Miles Square, Mark Kleiman offers a suggestion of how to deal legally with people driving while stoned.

* At College Guide, Martin Longman reports on Tom Corbett’s very poorly received commencement address at Millersville University.

And in non-political news:

* McDonald’s skinnier Dollar Menu not going over well with consumers.

That’s it for Monday. Let’s close with one more bit of Hammer-stalgia: “Turn This Mutha Out.”

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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.