Keeping the blog light this week may prove difficult, alas, but one can try.

The developments as of midnight:

Item -- Sen. Larry Craig steps down as an honorary co-chair of Mitt Romney's presidential campaign. Craig volunteered to relinquish the title so as not to distract the presidential campaign.

Item -- It's August; Craig's arrest will indeed distract the presidential campaign through Labor Day. Look for every candidate to be asked about Craig today and virtually every candidate to decline to say anything.

Item -- The pressure on Craig to retire at the end of his term increases.

Item -- The Outer -- Mike Rogers -- told you so. He will almost certainly appear on television today.

Item -- Craig can compartmentalize.

"On Aug. 8, the day he pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct in the Minnesota court, Craig appeared via satellite at a ceremony that took place in Idaho in which former Idaho federal Judge Randy Smith was invested into his new position as a judge on the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals."


Item -- Questions, actually. Who gave Roll Call the story? Surely the publication does not randomly make beat calls to Hennepin Co. court clerks.... why did the story come out on a Monday? Why didn't any local Minneapolis/St. Paul police reporter get wind of the arrest of the a U.S. senator?

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