Here’s what the Loop is reading this morning:
Neighborhood mourns — Peter Bis, the Capitol Hill homeless man—and friend to many a congressional staffer—who died of a heart attack last week was always a bit of an enigma. Our colleagues Steve Hendrix and J. Freedom du Lac uncover some of the details of the popular character’s mysterious life.
Chapter and verse — GOP candidate Mitt Romney got poetry lessons from a member of the powerful Koch family.
Storm watching — The Capital Weather Gang has its eye on the possible hurricane that’s threatening to make things a little messy for the GOP convention in Tampa.
Number-two blues — Voters are “lukewarm” on both vice-presidential candidates, polling shows. That’s a “lackluster introduction for Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and a major drop-off in popularity for Vice President Biden.”