Political Animal


July 31, 2012 5:30 PM Day’s End and Night Watch

By Ed Kilgore

I’m winging my way over the Deep South as this post is published, so any really late-breaking news may have to wait until tomorrow. But here’s what I’ve got right now:

* Congressional leaders agree to six-month appropriations deal, to be voted on after the August recess. We’ll see if Tea Folk buy it.

* Romney blames Euro-gaffes on media. Yawn.

* Speaking of yawns, David Brooks is bored by presidential campaign.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer reports law schools, short on applicants, are offering more generous scholarships.

* Panetta asks Syrian military to stay in place “when”—not “if”—Assad deposed.

And in non-political news:

* Onion recall spreads across U.S. and Canada. And we’re not talking about “The Onion,” so it’s real.

We’ll have election news from Texas and Georgia in the morning.


Ed Kilgore is a contributing writer to the Washington Monthly. He is managing editor for The Democratic Strategist and a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute. Find him on Twitter: @ed_kilgore.