Thanks to Martin Longman and Nancy LeTourneau for keeping us apprised of developments in today’s Benghazi! Committee hearing. We’re experimenting with different ways of varying the news coverage here at PA, so please bear with the occasional timing issues.

Having said that: Nancy’s still watching the hearings, and Lord knows when they will conclude. So she will be back later with at least one, maybe more, updates until Gowdy throws in the towel.

Here are some remains of the day:

* Obama issues long-promised veto of budget-busting defense authorization bill, part of the Kabuki Theater that could lead to Republicans shutting down the government in December.

* You can listen to yours truly and others discussing the Benghazi! hearing and the Paul Ryan saga from today’s KCRW show To the Point here.

* Highly regarded Selzer poll of Iowa shows HRC up over Sanders 48/41 once Biden vote redistributed to second choice.

* At Republic 3.0, Anne Kim notes that the current Congress could simultaneously set records for most fundraising and least legislative activity.

* At College Guide, Alexander Holt notes that the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program for college graduates runs afoul of disagreements about what kind of job really represents “public service.”

And in non-political news:

* California-based grocery chain Fresh & Easy closing all of its remaining 97 stores.

That’s it for now, until Nancy’s next post. I’ll sign off with Mountain’s biggest hit, “Mississippi Queen,” performed when the band got back together for a third time in 1992. Co-founder Felix Pappalardi was shot to death by his wife in 1983, sad to say.


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.