Arne Duncan wants to stick around; candidates recycle jokes; and agencies are tax laggards (read-this roundup)


Education Secretary Arne Duncan, addressing the Democratic National Convention, will stick around. (J. Scott Applewhite/AP)

He’s all in — For those keeping a scorebox on which Cabinet secretaries plan to stick around and which are outta here in a potential second Obama term, Education Secretary Arne Duncan is staying in the picture.

Working green — Stop them if you’ve heard this before... The one-liners and jokes on the presidential campaign trail are feeling a little shopworn, with the candidates and spouses often recycling their best bits....over and over again.

Robbing Peter? — If the government is serious about catching tax laggards, it might want to look inside its own house first. Agencies owe the tax man millions in back taxes, an audit finds.

A congregation awaits — An interesting piece about the Mormon community in Washington. If Mitt Romney were to join the “ward” closest to 1600 Pennsylvania, he’d find himself among plenty of Democrats.

Emily Heil is the co-author of the Reliable Source and previously helped pen the In the Loop column with Al Kamen.

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