Here’s what the Loop is reading Thursday morning:
Battle is joined — Why is the presidential campaign uglier than ever? Dana Milbank explains: “because the Democrats are no longer simply whining about the other side being reckless and unfair: They are being reckless and unfair themselves.”
Dialing donations — Donating via text message is A-OK, says the FEC. Campaigns might LOL all the way to the bank, but only if they get the right systems up and running before Election Day.
Convention chow — Even though the Tampa strip clubs are boasting about their cuisine, there are better restaurants to be found there — and at the site of the Democrats’ confab in Charlotte. Our colleague Tom Sietsema has a roundup of the best eats in both cities.