Political Animal


July 24, 2012 1:07 PM Lunch Buffet

By Ed Kilgore

A Georgia morning spent cowering from the recently unfamiliar heat has left me a bit behind the curve, but here are some news treats from the freezer where I am cooling my head:

* Reuters reports Barry Diller’s IAC in control of NewsBeast combine as Harman family role declines.

* WaPo’s Cillizza reports that 80% of GOP general election ad spending (or $144 million) has come from Super-PACs.

* Per TPM’s Sahil Kapur, Rick Perry’s foot-dragging on health insurance rate increases could lead to federal takeover of rate reviews in Texas.

* CNN offers quick slideshow overview of economic conditions in seven election battleground states.

* House poised to pass expanded offshore drilling bill that is certain to die in Senate and faces presidential veto in any event.

And in non-political news:

* Chad Ochocinco officially becomes Chad Johnson again.

Back within the hour.

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.