–Barack Obama still hasn’t announced a VP, but Ralph Nader knows who it is. Apparently, people aren’t asking him. But, he’s still talking! “The smart pick, according to Nader, is Hillary Rodham Clinton. Nader phoned into Politico Tuesday afternoon to offer his prediction that a surprise nod to Clinton is actually what Obama has in store—never mind the talk of mistrust between the Clintons and Obama.”
-Shut the hell up about this whole VP “drama,” says Slate’s Jack Shafer.
-If you want a real roller coaster ride, watch a politically-themed movie. NPR asked the candidates and political reporters for their faves.
-The Washington Post lends credence to an old excuse for students not doing their class reading: textbook costs. “Estimates of how much students spend on textbooks range from $700 to $1,100 annually, and the market for new books is estimated at $3.6 billion this year.”
-The Washington Post reports that two D.C. area pilots circled the globe in 12 days, probably breaking the world record. Good for them. Unfortunately, the paper can’t resist this bit of lameness: “Around the world in 80 days? Jules Verne‘s got nothing on these guys.”