Books, covers — We didn’t see this one coming. We always thought Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) was a bit of a... bro. He’s a former high-school quarterback, single, easy-going--and really into Buddhist-based mindfulness meditation. Our colleague Neely Tucker profiles his prescription for chilling out, and his new book.
A fine bromance — Our colleague Phil Rucker chronicles the tender, halting, still-new relationship between former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney and Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.). All it needs is a milkshake with two straws.
Alternate universe — There’s a new Washington-set TV series, but don’t expect even the nod to reality given by other Beltway-set small-screen shows (at least the “West Wing” tried). ABC’s “Scandal” chronicles a fictional Washington populated by a “scandal-fixer” to the town’s elite. Our colleague Hank Steuver calls it “laughably bad TV” and warns viewers to “leave reality behind” when watching for maximum guilty-pleasure.
A new tone — Romney appears to be shifting gears, and is now directly attacking President Obama instead of GOP rivals, our colleague Karen Tumulty reports. But here’s advice from Dana Milbank to the newly focused general-election candidate: work on your jokes, dude.