by Washington Post Editors

Al Kamen asks: “How can you tell when it’s summer in Washington? No, it’s not the suffocating heat, it’s the blizzard of invitations.

“Yes, it’s fundraising time here in River City, a time when politicians lean heavily on lobbyists for campaign cash — sweetened by an invite to nifty places like Sun Valley or Lake Tahoe or The Cape or, closer to home, the tony Greenbrier Resort in West Virginia.”

Kamen’s “In the Loop” column wades into that blizzard of invites in Washington, where the debt ceiling talks may be stuck but the political fund-raising keeps chugging along. Click to read his 44 post.