I’ve gotten a little spoiled the last week, but man, the news just dried up instantly this afternoon. That’s why I found myself staring at a fiery defense of Bristol Palin. It was that or taking Donald Trump seriously.

Here are some remains of the day:

* Guess it takes one to know one: Paul LePage endorses Chris Christie.

* HRC’s campaign goes right at the Benghazi! Committee in a new video calling it a “charade.”

* At the Daily Beast, Olivia Nuzzi wonders if the abrasive social media presence “Libertarian Girl” will cause trouble for Rand Paul now that she’s working for him.

* At College Guide, Stephen Burd looks at effort in Newark to lift long-struggling college attainment rates.

* At Republic 3.0 Anne Kim discusses new Kamarck/Galston report from Brookings on corporate myopia about doing anything with profits other than rewarding shareholders and executives.

And in non-political news:

* With skill and some luck, the U.S. women’s soccer team beat Germany and moved into the World Cup finals.

That’s it for Wednesday. We’ll close with a Delaney & Bonnie & Friends performance I’ve posted before, but it’s worth a second or third look: “Coming Home,” from a gig in Copenhagen late in 1969.

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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.