As we await further word on why Kevin McCarthy’s no longer running for House Speaker, here are some more conventional midday news/views treats:
* At the Prospect, Adele Stan reminds us of Joe Biden’s shortcomings as a presidential candidate in 1988 and 2008.
* For what it’s worth: Dennis Ross offers a negative “insider account” of the Obama administration’s handling of the Iran Nuke Deal.
* At New York, Jonathan Chait parses Ben Carson’s statements on the debt limit, and concludes the good doctor has no clue what it is.
* At the Plum Line Paul Waldman reviews where the other presidential candidates are on the debt limit; only Jebbie has no discernable position.
* Lawrence Summers warns of an impending “global growth recession.”
And in non-political news:
* Disney’s latest princess, Moana, is Hawaiian.
As we break for lunch, here’s the Tornados with “Ridin’ the Wind,” from 1963, a tune that apparently inspired Spaghetti Western soundtracks.