Back on the Monterey Peninsula, where the high temperatures this week are projected to be 67, 69, 69, 70 and 71. Heat wave.

Here are some temperate midday news/views treats:

* Politico‘s Alexander Burns (whose writing is one of that site’s redeeming features) excavates a half-buried scandal afflicting the Republican State Leadership Committee.

* Nate Cohn notes Cory Gardner–only GOP Senate battleground candidate in state with large Latino voting population–one of only 11 House Republicans to vote against bill seeking termination of DACA.

* Nate Silver sorts through various small shifts in Senate projections which add up to slightly higher probability of GOP takeover.

* Missoula newpaper editorial calls on John Walsh to drop out of Senate race before August 11 deadline so state Democratic Party can name new candidate.

* Howard Fineman mocks insincere “bromance” between Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul.

And in non-political news:

* A look at subliminal messages in corporate logos.

As we break for lunch, here’s another performance from the 1979 Lowell George tribute, this one by Jackson Browne with “One Dance You’ll Do Alone,” which he dedicated to George.

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.